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Exposure to anti-smoking advertising across six European countries, findings from the international tobacco control six european countries (ITC-E6) survey of the EUREST-PLUS study
 
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Tobacco Control Unit, Institut Catalan d’Oncologia, Barcelona
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Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, London, UK
Publish date: 2018-06-13
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2018;4(Supplement):A77
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ABSTRACT:
Introduction:
Exposure to anti-smoking advertising and its effects differ across countries. This study examines: 1) reported exposure to anti-smoking advertising on traditional mass media and internet/social media; 2) the relationship between exposure to anti-smoking advertising and two other variables: knowledge of the harms of smoking/SHS and quit attempts in six European countries.

Methods:
Data come from the first wave of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project 6 European Country Survey (ITC 6E) (Germany [DE], Greece [GR], Hungary [HU], Poland [PL], Romania [RO] and Spain [ES]) carried out between June 2016 and September 2016 (n=5805). Key measures included whether in the last six months participants had noticed anti-smoking advertising, their knowledge of 13 adverse smoking/SHS health effects and if they have made at least one quit attempt in the last 12 months.

Results:
RO and PL participants had significant higher odds of reporting exposure to anti-smoking advertising than DE, GR, HU and ES participants in 4 of the 6 of the media venues. Reported exposure to anti-smoking advertising was not associated with higher health knowledge in the six countries. There was a significant and positive association between exposure to anti-smoking advertising and quit attempts in the last 12 months.

Conclusions:
Participants in countries where an anti-smoking advertising campaign happened in the last 2 years, had the highest odds to report exposure to anti-smoking advertising. Participants exposed to anti-smoking advertising were more likely to make a quit attempt than those not exposed. However, exposure to anti-smoking advertising was not associated with health knowledge.

Funding:
Travel expenses for the conference will be funded by La Caixa Fellowship programme through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie grant agreement. This work was supported by a grant from the European Commission (Horizon2020 HCO-6-2015; EUREST-PLUS: 681109)

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