Journal article

Beliefs about the relative harm of "light" and "low tar" cigarettes: findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) China Survey.

T Elton-Marshall, GT Fong, MP Zanna, Y Jiang, D Hammond, RJ O'Connor, H-H Yong, L Li, B King, Q Li, R Borland, KM Cummings, P Driezen

Tobacco Control | BMJ Publishing Group | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many smokers in Western countries perceive "light" or "low tar" cigarettes as less harmful and less addictive than "regular" or "full flavoured" cigarettes. However, there is little research on whether similar perceptions exist among smokers in low and middle incomes, including China. OBJECTIVE: To characterise beliefs about "light" and "low tar" cigarettes among adult urban smokers in China. METHODS: We analysed data from Wave 1 of the ITC China Survey, a face-to-face household survey of 4732 adult Chinese smokers randomly selected from six cities in China in 2006. Households were sampled using a stratified multistage design. FINDINGS: Half (50.0%) of smokers in our sample repor..

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