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BMC Public Health

, 15:240

Health policies, systems and management in high-income countries


BackgroundPlain packaging requires tobacco products to be sold in packs with a standard shape, method of opening and colour, leaving the brand name in a standard font and location. We ran a randomised controlled trial to investigate the impact of plain packaging on smoking behaviour and attitudes.

MethodsIn a parallel group randomised trial design, 128 daily smokers smoked cigarettes from their usual UK brand, or a plain Australian brand that was closely matched to their usual UK brand for 24 hours. Primary outcomes were number of cigarettes smoked and volume of smoke inhaled per cigarette. Secondary outcomes were self-reported ratings of motivation to quit, cigarette taste, experience of using the pack, experience of smoking, attributes of the pack, perceptions of the health warning, changes in smoking behaviour, and views on plain packaging.

ResultsThere was no evidence that pack type had an effect on either of the primary measures ps > 0.279. However, smokers using plain cigarette packs rated the experience of using the pack more negatively −0.52, 95% CI −0.82 to −0.22, p = 0.001, rated the pack attributes more negatively −1.59, 95% CI −1.80 to −1.39, p < 0.001, and rated the health warning as more impactful +0.51, 95% CI 0.24 to 0.78, p < 0.001.

ConclusionsPlain cigarette packs reduce ratings of the experience of using the cigarette pack, and ratings of the pack attributes, and increase the self-perceived impact of the health warning, but do not change smoking behaviour, at least in the short term.

Trial registrationCurrent Controlled Trials ISRCTN52982308. Registered 27 June 2013.

KeywordsPlain cigarette packaging Standardised packaging Smoking Randomised controlled trial AbbreviationsCOCarbon monoxide

CIConfidence interval

FTNDFagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence


IEUMRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit

QSUQuestionnaire of Smoking Urges

SEStandard Error

SDStandard Deviation

UKUnited Kingdom

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12889-015-1586-8 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Olivia M Maynard - Ute Leonards - Angela S Attwood - Linda Bauld - Lee Hogarth - Marcus R Munafò

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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