Journal article

Effects of anti-smoking advertising on youth smoking: A review

M Wakefield, B Flay, M Nichter, G Giovino

Journal of Health Communication | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2003


This paper reviews empirical studies, encompassing community trials and field experiments, and evaluates government-funded anti-smoking campaigns, ecologic studies of population impact of anti-smoking advertising, and qualitative studies that have examined the effects of anti-smoking advertising on teenagers. We conclude that anti-smoking advertising appears to have more reliable positive effects on those in pre-adolescence or early adolescence by preventing commencement of smoking. It is unclear whether this is due to developmental differences, or is a reflection of smoking experience, or a combination of the two. In addition, it is evident that social group interactions, through family, pe..

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