The effect of differently worded no-smoking signs on smoking behavior

Int J Addict. 1981 Dec;16(8):1467-71. doi: 10.3109/10826088109039197.


The effect of positively versus negatively worded no-smoking signs was investigated in an attempt to determine the effectiveness of controlling smoking in a hospital setting. Unobtrusive measurements of smoking behavior were taken in the main lobby before and after the placement of positively and negatively worded no-smoking signs. The results clearly showed that there was less smoking under the experimental sign condition. Positively worded signs appeared to produce better compliance than negatively worded signs.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Hospitals, Veterans
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Punishment
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Control, Informal*
  • Writing