Aims To assess whether sensitivity to point of sale (POS) cigarette displays influences quitting behaviour.
Design Prospective cohort study.
Setting Victoria, Australia.
Participants A total of 222 adult smokers were surveyed at baseline in 2006 and followed-up 18 months later.
Measurements Baseline sensitivity to POS displays, which included the frequency of ‘noticing displays’, ‘impulse purchasing behaviour’ and ‘deciding on brand based on POS displays’; smoking status at follow-up.
Findings At follow-up, 17.0% were no longer smokers. After adjusting for covariates, compared to those with low POS display sensitivity, smokers who had a medium or high level of sensitivity to POS displays were significantly less likely to have quit at follow-up [odds ratio (OR) = 0.32, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.14–0.74; OR = 0.27, 95% CI = 0.08–0.91, respectively].
Conclusions The presence of cigarette pack displays in stores may make it more difficult for smokers to quit smoking successfully.