Tobacco packaging design for reducing tobacco use

URL: https://www.healthevidence.org/view-article.aspx?a=tobacco-packaging-design-reducing-tobacco-30310

Cochrane Review finds standardised packaging may reduce smoking prevalence.


The available evidence suggests that standardised packaging may reduce smoking prevalence. Only one country had implemented standardised packaging at the time of this review, so evidence comes from one large observational study that provides evidence for this effect. A reduction in smoking behaviour is supported by routinely collected data by the Australian government. Data on the effects of standardised packaging on non-behavioural outcomes (e.g. appeal) are clearer and provide plausible mechanisms of effect consistent with the observed decline in prevalence. As standardised packaging is implemented in different countries, research programmes should be initiated to capture long term effects on tobacco use prevalence, behaviour, and uptake. We did not find any evidence suggesting standardised packaging may increase tobacco use.

Topics: Health Promotion, Tobacco
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Health Evidence, McMaster U.
Date Last Updated: 2019-04-27 10:00:45

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