Quitting activity and tobacco brand switching: findings from the ITC-4 Country Survey

Genevieve Anne Cowie, Elena Swift, Timea Partos, Ronald Borland

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OBJECTIVE:Among Australian smokers, to examine associations between cigarette brand switching, quitting activity and possible causal directions by lagging the relationships in different directions. METHODS: Current smokers from nine waves (2002 to early 2012) of the ITC-4 Country Survey Australian dataset were surveyed. Measures were brand switching, both brand family and product type (roll-your-own versus factory-made cigarettes) reported in adjacent waves, interest in quitting, recent quit attempts, and one month sustained abstinence. RESULTS: Switching at one interval was unrelated to concurrent quit interest. Quit interest predicted switching at the following interval, but the effect disappeared once subsequent quit attempts were controlled for. Recent quit attempts more strongly predicted switching at concurrent (OR 1.34, 95 CI=1.18-1.52, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109 - 113
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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