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Evaluating Cigarette Pack Insert Messages with Tips to Quit

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Objectives: Canada is the only country that currently uses cigarette pack inserts to communicate health messages to smokers, including tips to quit. Messages about strategies for quitting smoking are also central to the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Every Try Counts (ETC) campaign. This study assessed US smokers' responses to Canadian and ETC-based messages formatted for pack inserts. Methods: US adult smokers (N = 524) were recruited from an online consumer panel and rated 8 insert messages: 4 based on Canadian inserts and 4 based on ETC. Participants randomly viewed each message accompanied by an image of either a person or a symbolic representation of the topic. Participants rated the perceived effectiveness (PE) of each message. Paired t-tests were used to assess mean differences in PE across topics, image types, and quit intentions. Results: ETC messages were consistently rated as more effective than Canadian messages regardless of quit intentions. Image types did not significantly influence PE. Conclusions: Messages from ETC are perceived as more effective than messages used in Canada. The FDA has the authority to communicate with smokers through inserts and should consider adopting inserts to promote smoking cessation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 2021

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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