Youth targeting by tobacco manufacturers since the master settlement agreement

Paul J. Chung, Craig F. Garfield, Paul J. Rathouz, Diane S. Landerdale, Dana Best, John Lantos

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The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco manufacturers and forty-six states bans manufacturers from targeting minors through advertising. To determine how youth targeting in magazine cigarette advertisements changed after the MSA, we analyzed magazine readership and cigarette ads in U.S. magazines from 1997 to 2000. In 2000 all three major manufacturers (Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and Brown and Williamson) failed to comply with the MSA's youth-targeting ban, selectively increasing their youth targeting. Banning all magazine advertising of cigarettes may be necessary to eliminate youth targeting in magazines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-263
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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