Journal article

How does increasingly plainer cigarette packaging influence adult smokers' perceptions about brand image? An experimental study

MA Wakefield, D Germain, SJ Durkin

Tobacco Control | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cigarette packaging is a key marketing strategy for promoting brand image. Plain packaging has been proposed to limit brand image, but tobacco companies would resist removal of branding design elements. METHOD: A 3 (brand types) x 4 (degree of plain packaging) between-subject experimental design was used, using an internet online method, to expose 813 adult Australian smokers to one randomly selected cigarette pack, after which respondents completed ratings of the pack. RESULTS: Compared with current cigarette packs with full branding, cigarette packs that displayed progressively fewer branding design elements were perceived increasingly unfavourably in terms of smokers' appraisa..

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