Journal article

Adolescents' Perceptions of Cigarette Brand Image: Does Plain Packaging Make a Difference?

Daniella Germain, Melanie A Wakefield, Sarah J Durkin

Journal of Adolescent Health | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

PURPOSE: To examine the effect of plain packaging on adolescents' perceptions of cigarette packs, attributes of smokers, and expectations of cigarette taste, and to identify the effect of increasing the size of pictorial health warnings on appraisal of plain packs. METHODS: We used a 5 (degree of plain packaging and graphic health warning)x 3 (brand type) between-subjects experimental design, using a Web-based methodology to expose adolescents to one randomly selected cigarette pack, during which respondents completed ratings. RESULTS: When brand elements such as color, branded fonts, and imagery were progressively removed from cigarette packs, adolescents perceived packs to be less appealin..

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