Nicotine & Tobacco Research   |  April 15, 2016

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In December 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took action that prompted the removal of nicotine and tar listings from cigarette packs and ads. As of June 2010, the US Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act prohibited the use of explicit or implicit descriptors on tobacco packaging or in advertising that convey messages of reduced risk or exposure, specifically including terms like “light,” “mild,” and “low” and similar descriptors. This study evaluates the effect of these two policy changes on smokers’ beliefs, experiences and perceptions of different cigarettes.

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