Food and Drug Administration evaluation and cigarette smoking risk perceptions

Am J Health Behav. 2011 Nov;35(6):766-76. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.35.6.12.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Comprehension*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Male
  • Perception*
  • Risk
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration