Adult awareness of a youth-focused anti-tobacco campaign: does having children matter?

Subst Use Misuse. 2009;44(6):763-74. doi: 10.1080/10826080802484363.


Data from a survey of tobacco use conducted in 2001 was used to examine if Florida's youth-focused anti-tobacco media campaign, which focused on cigarette smoking, reached adults. The majority of the sample was white (87%), high school or college educated (85%), and over half with children (56%). Differences in awareness and intentions to quit among adult smokers with and without children were examined. About 50% of adults were aware of the campaign and the awareness of the tobacco industry manipulation theme was associated with intentions to quit, independent of having children. These findings provide evidence that youth-targeted anti-tobacco media campaigns can reach adults; however, to change the behavior of adults who smoke, it may not be appropriate to have a "one-size-fits-all" program. The study's limitations are noted.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Awareness*
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Mass Media
  • Middle Aged
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Smoking Prevention*