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Exploring the potential for a mass media campaign to influence support for a ban on tobacco promotion at the point of sale

This study explores whether exposure to advertisements that focus on the negative effects of tobacco industry advertising and promotion at the point of sale (anti-POS advertising) influence: (i) attitude toward POS advertising; (ii) perceived impact of POS advertising on youth smoking; and (iii) support for a ban on tobacco promotion at the POS among adult non-smokers in New York. Data are from a split-sample, experimental study, using an online media tracking survey with embedded TV, radio and print advertising. Exposure to anti-POS advertising was associated with higher odds of holding a negative attitude toward POS advertising (OR 2.43, P < 0.001) and support for a ban on tobacco promotion at the POS (OR 1.77, P < 0.05), but not with perceived impact of POS tobacco advertisements on youth smoking. Findings suggest the possibility that a mass media campaign could be used to influence public attitude toward POS advertising and support for a ban on tobacco promotion at the POS

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Allen, J., Davis, K., Kamyab, K., & Farrelly, M. (2015). Exploring the potential for a mass media campaign to influence support for a ban on tobacco promotion at the point of sale. Health Education Research, 30(1), 87-97. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyu067

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