versão impressa ISSN 0213-9111
MONTES, Julio e ALVAREZ, María L.. Tobacco advertising and printed mass media in Spain: a fatal attraction. Gac Sanit [online]. 2006, vol.20, n.1, pp. 59-62. ISSN 0213-9111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112006000100011.
Objective: Tobacco advertising is a powerful factor in encouraging smoking initiation. We analyzed tobacco advertising in written mass media in Spain between 2002 and 2005. Methods: We performed an annual cross-sectional study of advertisements in the 41 most widely disseminated written mass media (nearly 10 million readers). Results: In the period studied, 37% of the media included tobacco advertising (an average of 4.35 million readers). Only 4% of the media included anti-drug campaigns (an average of 0.27 million readers). Tobacco advertising increased from 2.0 to 4.7% (overall) and from 4.3 to 8.0% (in media allowing tobacco advertising). Four out of every 10 readers and one out of eight Spaniards aged 15 years or older were exposed to tobacco advertising. Fifty-six percent of advertisements included young people. Conclusions: Tobacco advertising remains prominent in written mass media in Spain and was mainly directed at young people.
Palavras-chave : Advertising; Tobacco; Mass media.