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Perceptions of cigarette pack inserts promoting cessation and dissuasive cigarettes among young adult smokers in the UK: a cross-sectional online survey

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Moodie CS, Hiscock R, Thrasher J & Reid G (2018) Perceptions of cigarette pack inserts promoting cessation and dissuasive cigarettes among young adult smokers in the UK: a cross-sectional online survey. BMJ Open, 8 (9), Art. No.: e019662. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019662

Abstract
Objectives To explore young adult smokers’ perceptions of cigarette pack inserts promoting cessation and cigarettes designed to be dissuasive. Design Cross-sectional online survey. Setting UK. Participants The final sample was 1766 young adult smokers, with 50.3% male and 71.6% white British. To meet the inclusion criteria, participants had to be 16–34 years old and smoke factory-made cigarettes. Primary and secondary outcome measures Salience of inserts, perceptions of inserts as information provision, perceptions of inserts on quitting, support for inserts and perceived appeal, harm and trial of three cigarettes (a standard cigarette, a standard cigarette displaying the warning ‘Smoking kills’ and a green cigarette). Results Half the sample indicated that they would read inserts with three-fifths indicating that they are a good way to provide information about quitting (61%). Just over half indicated that inserts would make them think more about quitting (53%), help if they decided to quit (52%), are an effective way of encouraging smokers to quit (53%) and supported having them in all packs (55%). Participants who smoked factory-made cigarettes and other tobacco products (compared with exclusive factory-made cigarette smokers), had made a quit attempt within the last 6 months (compared with those that had never made a quit attempt) or were likely to make a successful quit attempt in the next 6 months (compared with those unlikely to make a quit attempt in the next 6 months) were more likely to indicate that inserts could assist with cessation. Multivariable logistic regression modelling suggested that compared with the standard cigarette, the cigarette with warning (adjusted OR=17.71; 95% CI 13.75 to 22.80) and green cigarette (adjusted OR=30.88; 95% CI 23.98 to 39.76) were much less desirable (less appealing, more harmful and less likely to be tried). Conclusions Inserts and dissuasive cigarettes offer policy makers additional ways of using the pack to reduce smoking.

Keywords
General Medicine

Journal
BMJ Open: Volume 8, Issue 9

StatusPublished
Author(s)Moodie, Crawford S; Hiscock, Rosemary; Thrasher, Jim; Reid, Garth
FundersNHS Health Scotland
Publication date30/09/2018
Publication date online05/09/2018
Date accepted by journal31/07/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27957
PublisherBMJ
eISSN2044-6055
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