Perceptions of plain cigarette packaging among smokers and non-smokers in Andalusia (Spain)



Lacave-García B, Rey-Pino JM, Gallopel-Morvan K, Moodie C, Fernández E & Nerín I (2020) Perceptions of plain cigarette packaging among smokers and non-smokers in Andalusia (Spain). Gaceta Sanitaria, 34 (1), pp. 10-14.

Objectives Each year tobacco is responsible for 650,000 deaths in Europe and 55,000 in Spain. With tobacco advertising and promotion banned in Spain and most of Europe, the last bastion of marketing is the packaging. Plain tobacco packaging —which involves packs having a standardised appearance— has been proposed to counter this. The objective of this study is to research perceptions arising from the plain packaging of tobacco products. Methods We employed a qualitative research methodology -focus groups- with smokers and non-smokers in in two medium-sized Andalusian towns (Spain). Results Results show the importance of plain cigarette packaging as a form of promotion, particularly among women and young people, how pack colour influences product perceptions, and how removing full branding increases the salience of the warnings. Conclusions Plain packaging, combined with pictorial health warnings, may reduce the capacity of packaging to be distinctive and a badge product. Altering pack design in such a way would make it more difficult for tobacco companies to create a favourable image of their brands and may help to reinforce the ability of the population to protect themselves from the dangers of smoking.

Tobacco; Plain packaging; Social marketing; Qualitative research

Gaceta Sanitaria: Volume 34, Issue 1

Publication date31/01/2020
Publication date online17/07/2018
Date accepted by journal24/04/2018

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Professor Karine Gallopel-Morvan

Professor Karine Gallopel-Morvan

Honorary Professor, Institute for Social Marketing

Professor Crawford Moodie

Professor Crawford Moodie

Professor, Institute for Social Marketing