Title

Effects of Including a Graphic Warning Label in Advertistements for Tobacco Products: Implications for Persuasion

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2008

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Considerable interest has focused on making warning labels on tobacco-product packaging more effective in communicating risk to current and potential smokers. However, none of this work to date has involved the communication of risk information about reduced-exposure products, or how a graphic warning label may function in advertisements. Reduced-exposure products pose an interesting public health challenge in light of the fact that many advertisements for such products convey safety claims that may undermine the likelihood that potential consumers will process warnings about the products. The present study examines the influence of graphic warning labels on ratings of advertisements for 3 different types of tobacco products. Results showed that including a graphic picture lowered the appeal ratings for the product.

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

DOI

10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00305.x