Use of consumer survey data to target cessation messages to smokers through mass media.


OBJECTIVES We identified the mass media channels that reach the most cigarette smokers in an attempt to more effectively target smoking cessation messages. METHODS Reach estimates and index scores for smokers were taken from 2002-2003 ConsumerStyles and HealthStyles national surveys of adults (N=11660) to estimate overall and demographic-specific exposure measures for television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. RESULTS Smokers viewed more television, listened to more radio, and read fewer magazines and newspapers than did nonsmokers. Nearly one third of smokers were regular daytime or late-night television viewers. Selected cable television networks (USA, Lifetime, and Discovery Channel) and selected radio genres, such as classic rock and country, had high reach and were cost-efficient channels for targeting smokers. CONCLUSIONS Certain mass media channels offer efficient opportunities to target smoking cessation messages so they reach relatively large audiences of smokers at relatively low cost. The approach used in this study can be applied to other types of health risk factors to improve health communication planning and increase efficiency of program media expenditures.

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@article{Nelson2008UseOC, title={Use of consumer survey data to target cessation messages to smokers through mass media.}, author={David Earl Nelson and Meg Gallogly and Linda L. Pederson and Matthew Barry and Daniel McGoldrick and Edward W. Maibach}, journal={American journal of public health}, year={2008}, volume={98 3}, pages={536-42} }