Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
SANSORES, Raúl H et al. Impacto de los medios de comunicación masiva en una campaña antitabaco. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2002, vol.44, suppl.1, pp.s101-s108. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342002000700015.
Abstract Objective To assess the impact of the mass media (MM) on smoking cessation process in Mexico. Material and Methods. Between June 1998 and May 1999, the effects of an anti-smoking mass media campaign and alternative strategies were evaluated, by comparing the monthly sales average of all smoking-cessation aid products before and after marketing a new nicotine patch. Student's t paired and unpaired t tests were used to compare sales. Results. Total sales increased from 24 206±4 558 to 55 604±8 993 (p<0.0001). It was estimated that 1 853 smokers tried to quit and 96 per day succeeded with a single product after the campaign. Alternative strategies to get similar results indicate that the programs of a single public sector institution could help 501 persons attempt quitting smoking and six to accomplish it per day. Conclusions. The mass media have a powerful effect on smoking cessation practices; the involvement of more public institutions may accomplish similar results as the private sector.
Keywords : smoking; anti-tobacco smoking campaigns; mass media; health promotion; Mexico.