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Why Commercial Marketers Make Bad Behavior Change Marketers

Jeffrey W. Jordan, President and Executive Creative Director of Rescue Social Change Group, a behavior change marketing company, shares insights from the field for effective behavior change marketing for social change.

Surveys seek bar patrons’ opinions on smoking

Several bars in the Oklahoma City metro are currently running online surveys to determine whether patrons and prospective customers would rather not smell smoke at those establishments.

Video games with smoking characters lack tobacco warnings

Video games popular with children and teens often feature characters that smoke even though few packages carry warnings about tobacco-related content, a U.S. study suggests.

Are graphic warning labels effective at keeping people from buying cigarettes?

Graphic warning labels are perhaps the most recognized anti-smoking strategy deployed by anti-tobacco initiatives, which claim that the visual impact forces smokers to face the truth about their habit. But, do the graphic warning labels really work? How effective have they been?

CVS Health Quits U.S. Chamber Over Stance on Smoking

The CVS Health Corporation said on Tuesday that it would resign from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after revelations that the chamber and its foreign affiliates were undertaking a global lobbying campaign against antismoking laws.

If They’re Bored, Teen Pot Smokers May Try Other Drugs

Researchers find that high school seniors who smoke marijuana because they’re bored are more likely to use other illegal drugs, too. The same is not true for teens who use pot to “experiment.”

‘Just Say No’ to the Gateway Theory of Pot

Is weed really a causal precursor, a pit-stop on the road to cocaine and heroin? How about this instead: the scientist who coined the “gateway” term recently came out with a new paper showing that it’s actually nicotine that is, biologically, the most potent of gateway of all.

Teens Now Smoke E-Cigarettes More Than Any Other Tobacco Product

Middle and high schoolers seem to be rapidly replacing more traditional tobacco products, such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, with e-cigs, according to the latest data from United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although e-cigarettes may seem safer, they still contain nicotine, which studies show is especially addictive to young people.

Fun Websites Can Be More Persuasive

Interactive websites are more effective at conveying a message, such as persuading people not to smoke, report researchers. In a study, participants who visited an interactive antismoking website were more likely than controls to say that smoking was an unattractive behavior, and more likely to agree with the site’s stance against smoking.