The 2005 British Columbia smoking cessation mass media campaign and short-term changes in smokers attitudes

J Health Commun. 2008 Mar;13(2):125-48. doi: 10.1080/10810730701854029.


The effect of the 2005 British Columbia (BC) smoking cessation mass media campaign on a panel (N = 1,341) of 20-30-year-old smokers' attitudes is evaluated. The 5-week campaign consisted of posters, television, and radio ads about the health benefits of cessation. Small impacts on the panel's attitudes toward the adverse impacts of smoking were found, with greater impacts found for those who had no plans to quit smoking at the initial interview. As smokers with no plans to quit increasingly recognized the adverse impacts of smoking, they also increasingly agreed that they use smoking as a coping mechanism. Smokers with plans to quit at the initial interview already were well aware of smoking's adverse impacts. Respondents recalling the campaign poster, which presented a healthy alternative to smoking, decreased their perception of smoking as a coping mechanism and devalued their attachment to smoking. Evidence was found that media ad recall mediates unobserved predictors of attitudes toward smoking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health*
  • British Columbia
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Media*
  • Program Development*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Psychometrics
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking*
  • Social Marketing*
  • Time Factors