Between November 1997 and February 1998, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health conducted a follow-up survey of youth interviewed in the 1993 Massachusetts Tobacco Survey of Youth.
Under the study, the researchers examined whether the 1993 Massachusetts tobacco laws, a statewide anti-smoking campaign, and tobacco company marketing practices had affected youth smoking initiation by 1997.
Key Findings: Researchers found that:
- Adolescents living in towns that in 1993 had laws regulating sales of cigarettes to minors were less likely to smoke in 1997 than adolescents living in towns without such laws.
- Teenagers who recalled anti-smoking television advertisements were less likely to have started smoking than teenagers who could not recall the advertisements.
- Adolescents who owned a tobacco promotional item were more likely to have started smoking than were adolescents who did not own a promotional item.