Televised antismoking advertising: effects of level and duration of exposure

Am J Public Health. 2013 Aug;103(8):e66-73. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301079. Epub 2013 Jun 13.


Objectives: We assessed the effects of levels and duration of exposure to televised antismoking advertising on cognitive and behavioral changes.

Methods: We used data from a serial cross-sectional telephone survey with weekly interviews of adult smokers and recent quitters in New South Wales, Australia (n = 13,301), between April 2005 and December 2010. We merged survey data with commercial TV ratings data to estimate individuals' exposure to antismoking advertising.

Results: Logistic regression analyses indicated that after adjustment for a wide range of potential confounders, exposure to antismoking advertising at levels between 100 and 200 gross rating points per week on average over 6 to 9 weeks was associated with an increased likelihood of having (1) salient quitting thoughts and (2) recent quit attempts. Associations between exposure for shorter periods and these outcomes were not significant.

Conclusions: Broadcasting schedules may affect the success of antismoking ads. Campaign planners should ensure advertising exposure at adequate frequency over relatively sustained periods to maximize impact.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Advertising*
  • Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New South Wales / epidemiology
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Television*