Changes in adolescent cigarette-brand preference, 1989 to 1996

Am J Health Behav. Jan-Feb 2004;28(1):54-62. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.28.1.6.

Abstract

Objective: To understand changes in cigarette-brand choice by adolescents in the context of demographic differences and advertising.

Methods: Data from 3 nationally representative cross-sectional surveys of adolescents were analyzed.

Results: Marlboro, Camel, and Newport brand cigarettes accounted for over 80% of the cigarettes usually bought by adolescents in 1989, 1993, and 1996. Between 1989 and 1996, Marlboro and Camel market shares changed little, whereas preference for Newport doubled among white and Hispanic adolescents.

Conclusions: Brand preference among adolescents has been steadily concentrated among 3 brands. More attention may need to be focused on mentholated brands given the increase in Newport's market share.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / ethnology
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Advertising*
  • Age Distribution
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Odds Ratio
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking / trends
  • Students / psychology
  • Tobacco Industry / methods
  • Tobacco Industry / trends*
  • United States / epidemiology