Young adults: vulnerable new targets of tobacco marketing

Am J Public Health. 2004 Feb;94(2):326-30. doi: 10.2105/ajph.94.2.326.


Objectives: We examined young adult smoking patterns and receptivity to cigarette advertising to assess vulnerability to tobacco marketing strategies.

Methods: We obtained data from a telephone survey of 12,072 Massachusetts adults.

Results: Smokers aged 18 to 30 years were more likely than older adults to smoke only occasionally and to consume fewer than 10 cigarettes per day. They also were more receptive to cigarette marketing and were more likely to be frequent patrons of bars and clubs.

Conclusions: Many young adult smokers are in the initiation phase of smoking and are likely to undergo a transition to either nonsmoking or heavier smoking. If unimpeded by regulation, tobacco promotion in bars and clubs is likely to lead to increased adult smoking prevalence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Disease Progression
  • Family Characteristics
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities / classification
  • Leisure Activities / psychology
  • Marketing / trends*
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Psychology, Social*
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking / trends
  • Social Support
  • Telephone
  • Tobacco Industry / trends*