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Addiction. 2010 Jan;105(1):159-63. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02714.x. Epub 2009 Oct 5.

Smoker sensitivity to retail tobacco displays and quitting: a cohort study.

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  • 1Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, The Cancer Council Victoria, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

AIMS:

To assess whether sensitivity to point of sale (POS) cigarette displays influences quitting behaviour.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study.

SETTING:

Victoria, Australia.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 222 adult smokers were surveyed at baseline in 2006 and followed-up 18 months later.

MEASUREMENTS:

Baseline sensitivity to POS displays, which included the frequency of 'noticing displays', 'impulse purchasing behaviour' and 'deciding on brand based on POS displays'; smoking status at follow-up.

FINDINGS:

At follow-up, 17.0% were no longer smokers. After adjusting for covariates, compared to those with low POS display sensitivity, smokers who had a medium or high level of sensitivity to POS displays were significantly less likely to have quit at follow-up [odds ratio (OR) = 0.32, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.14-0.74; OR = 0.27, 95% CI = 0.08-0.91, respectively].

CONCLUSIONS:

The presence of cigarette pack displays in stores may make it more difficult for smokers to quit smoking successfully.

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