Last updated on August 30, 2019
Health warnings published on individual smokes could play an integral part in cutting smoking, says a new study.
For the analysis published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory, the investigators analyzed physicians’ perceptions of this warning’smoking kills’ on individual smokes – compared to this message just appearing on packs.
“Strategies such as creating the smokes themselves dizzy could be a good method of doing so,” explained Linda Bauld, Professor in the University of Edinburgh.
Participants believed that a warning on every cigarette could extend the health message because it would be observable when taken out of a bunch, lit, left in an ashtray, and with every draw, thus creating avoidant behavior harder.
The visibility of this warning to other people was perceived as unclean for a few since it had been associated with a negative picture.
In many female teams, the warnings were seen as gloomy, stressing, and terrifying, suggesting that individuals wouldn’t feel decent smoking smokes displaying a sign.
Inside every class, participants believed that warnings on individual smokes would potentially have a direct effect on others or themselves.
“The consensus was that human smokes emblazoned with warnings could be off-putting for young men and women, those beginning to smoke, also non-smokers,” said study lead writer Crawford Moodie.
“This analysis implies that the introduction of these warnings can affect the conclusion of those groups. It indicates that this strategy is a viable policy choice and one that would – for the very first time – expand health messaging into the intake experience,” Moodie added.