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Food and Drug Administration Evaluation and Cigarette Smoking Risk Perceptions

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Objectives: To examine the relationship between a belief about Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety evaluation of cigarettes and smoking risk perceptions. Methods: A nationally representative, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of 1046 adult current cigarette smokers. Results: Smokers reporting that the FDA does not evaluate cigarettes for safety (46.1%), exhibited greater comprehension of the health risks of smoking and were more likely (48.5%) than other participants (33.6%) to report quit intentions. Risk perceptions partially mediated the relationship between FDA evaluation belief and quit intentions. Conclusions: These findings highlight the need for proactive, effective communication to the public about the aims of new tobacco product regulations.
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Keywords: EVALUATION; FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION; REGULATION; RISK; SMOKING

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 2: Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences, St. Louis, MO 3: Tobacco Control Research Branch/DCCPS, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 4: Department of Health Behavior, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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