Food and drug administration evaluation and cigarette smoking risk perceptions

Annette R. Kaufman, Erika A. Waters, Mark Parascandola, Erik M. Augustson, Maansi Bansal-Travers, Andrew Hyland, K. Michael Cummings

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Objectives: To examine the relationship between a belief about Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety evaluation of cigarettes and smoking risk perceptions. Methods: A nationally representative, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of 1046 adult current cigarette smokers. Results: Smokers reporting that the FDA does not evaluate cigarettes for safety (46.1%), exhibited greater comprehension of the health risks of smoking and were more likely (48.5%) than other participants (33.6%) to report quit intentions. Risk perceptions partially mediated the relationship between FDA evaluation belief and quit intentions. Conclusions: These findings highlight the need for proactive, effective communication to the public about the aims of new tobacco product regulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-776
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011


  • Evaluation
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Regulation
  • Risk
  • Smoking


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