This research was supported by the Public Health Division of the New Mexico Department of Health.
Smoking Behavior, Information Sources, and Consumption Values of Teenagers: Implications for Public Policy and Other Intervention Failures
Version of Record online: 3 MAR 2005
Journal of Consumer Affairs
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 50–76, Summer 2002
How to Cite
ALBAUM, G., BAKER, K. G., HOZIER, G. C. and ROGERS, R. D. (2002), Smoking Behavior, Information Sources, and Consumption Values of Teenagers: Implications for Public Policy and Other Intervention Failures. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 36: 50–76. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6606.2002.tb00420.x
- Issue online: 3 MAR 2005
- Version of Record online: 3 MAR 2005
This paper uses a hierarchical decision process model, uses of information, and a theory of consumption values as a strategic framework for evaluating the general failure of intervention strategies for teenage smoking initiation. Extremely high smoking consideration-to-trial rates and rapid cessation by occasional smokers provide narrow but unused strategic opportunities for intervention. Use of information sources varies by stage of model with interpersonal sources dominating consideration, trial, and cessation stages and mass media showing only a slightly increasing use in cessation compared to the earlier stages. The decision process model and consumption values are necessary for planning strategic interventions. Existing intervention programs are not appropriately targeted in the decision process. Programs should be developed to reduce the smoking consideration to trial rates in younger children and to encourage rapid cessation in older teenagers. The use of either print or broadcast mass media intervention programs is not supported.