Journal article

Relation between newspaper coverage of tobacco issues and smoking attitudes and behaviour among American teens

K Clegg Smith, MA Wakefield, Y Terry-McElrath, FJ Chaloupka, B Flay, L Johnston, A Saba, C Siebel

Tobacco Control | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Geographic variation in youth smoking prevalence suggests that community-level factors influence risk of tobacco use. We examine the extent to which newspaper coverage of tobacco issues is related to youth smoking attitudes and behaviours. DESIGN: We conducted a content analysis of 8390 newspaper articles on tobacco issues from 386 daily newspapers circulating at 5% or more in 2001-3 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey communities. This resulted in the creation of community level measures of news volume, content and valence. Associations between news and youth outcomes were assessed using logistic regression analyses adjusting for individual, geographic and tobacco policy factors l..

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