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Blowing the lid off: an analysis of interior cigarette pack features and marketing strategies
  1. Daniel P Giovenco1,
  2. Torra E Spillane1,
  3. M Jane Lewis2
  1. 1 Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2 Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel P Giovenco, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY 10032, USA; dg2984{at}

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In the face of increasingly restrictive policies regulating how cigarette companies can advertise, the pack itself has become one of the industry’s primary promotional tools.1 2 A large body of research demonstrates that pack features, such as size, colour and descriptors, can implicitly communicate product information and influence perceptions of taste, smoking experience and health risks.1 3 4 To date, 13 countries have fully implemented ‘plain packaging’ laws to reduce the attractiveness of cigarettes, but millions around the globe are still exposed to packaging elements that may increase consumer demand. While exterior pack characteristics and their impact on product appeal have been studied previously,4 the ways in which the tobacco industry may leverage pack interiors to communicate with smokers remain obscure. Prior research has documented the ubiquity of branding on the cigarette itself—another form of marketing ‘real …

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  • Contributors DPG took primary responsibility for study conceptualisation and writing. TES led data analysis and contributed to writing and editing. MJL contributed to writing and editing.

  • Funding This work was supported by grants from the Office of the Director (DP5OD023064) and the National Cancer Institute (U54CA229973) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Disclaimer The content does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.