Objectives: To examine the relationship between a belief about Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety evaluation of cigarettes and smoking risk perceptions.
Methods: A nationally representative, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of 1046 adult current cigarette smokers.
Results: Smokers reporting that the FDA does not evaluate cigarettes for safety (46.1%), exhibited greater comprehension of the health risks of smoking and were more likely (48.5%) than other participants (33.6%) to report quit intentions. Risk perceptions partially mediated the relationship between FDA evaluation belief and quit intentions.
Conclusions: These findings highlight the need for proactive, effective communication to the public about the aims of new tobacco product regulations.