Journal article

What happened to smokers' beliefs about light cigarettes when "light/mild'' brand descriptors were banned in the UK? Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey

R Borland, GT Fong, H-H Yong, KM Cummings, D Hammond, B King, M Siahpush, A McNeill, G Hastings, RJ O'Connor, T Elton-Marshall, MP Zanna

Tobacco Control | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

AIM: This paper examines how beliefs of smokers in the UK were affected by the removal of "light" and "mild" brand descriptors, which came into effect on 30 September 2003 for Member States of the European Union (EU). PARTICIPANTS: The data come from the first four waves (2002-2005) of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) Four-Country Survey, an annual cohort telephone survey of adult smokers in Canada, USA, UK and Australia (15 450 individual cases). DESIGN: The UK ban on misleading descriptors occurred around the second wave of data collection in the ITC survey, permitting us to compare beliefs about light cigarettes among adult smokers in the UK before and after the b..

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