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Use of illicit tobacco following introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products in Australia: results from a national cross-sectional survey

Scollo, Michelle, Zacher, Meghan, Coomber, Kerri and Wakefield, Melanie A. 2015, Use of illicit tobacco following introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products in Australia: results from a national cross-sectional survey, Tobacco control, vol. 24, no. Supplement 2, pp. ii76-ii81, doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-052072.

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Title Use of illicit tobacco following introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products in Australia: results from a national cross-sectional survey
Author(s) Scollo, Michelle
Zacher, Meghan
Coomber, Kerri
Wakefield, Melanie A.
Journal name Tobacco control
Volume number 24
Issue number Supplement 2
Start page ii76
End page ii81
Total pages 6
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04-01
ISSN 0964-4563
Summary ABSTRACT
Objectives: To assess whether following standardisation of tobacco packaging in Australia, smokers were, as predicted by the tobacco industry, more likely to use illicit tobacco.
Methods: National cross-sectional telephone surveys conducted continuously from April 2012 (6 months before implementation of plain packaging (PP)) to March 2014 (15 months after) using responses from current cigarette smokers (n=8679). Changes between pre-PP, the transition to PP and PP phase were examined using logistic regression models.
Results: Among those whose factory-made cigarettes were purchased in Australia, compared with pre-PP, there were no significant increases in the PP phase in use of: ‘cheap whites’ (<0.1%; OR=0.24, 95% CI 0.04 to 1.56, p=0.134); international brands purchased for 20% or more below the recommended retail price (0.2%; OR=3.49, 95% CI 0.66 to 18.35, p=0.140); or packs purchased from informal sellers (<0.1%; OR=0.24, 95% CI 0.04 to 1.47, p=0.124). The prevalence of any use of unbranded illicit tobacco remained at about 3% (adjusted OR=0.79, 95% CI 0.58 to 1.08, p=0.141).
Conclusions: While unable to quantify the total extent of use of illicit manufactured cigarettes, in this large national survey we found no evidence in Australia of increased use of two categories of manufactured cigarettes likely to be contraband, no increase in purchase from informal sellers and no increased use of unbranded illicit ‘chop-chop’ tobacco.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-052072
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, BMJ Publishing Group
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
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