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Moral antecedents of smoking behavior and risk beliefs among overseas Asian students

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Tansey, R Carroll, Nicholas McclarenNicholas Mcclaren
Instead of focusing on the misconduct of multinational cigarette manufacturers, this research project broadens the discussion of cigarette consumption by focusing on the moral antecedent variables that shape young adults' smoking behavior and risk beliefs. It especially challenges current wisdom among anti-smoking advocates that by increasing consumer knowledge of the medical risks associated with smoking will lead to significant reductions in young adult smoking prevalence rates. Empirical results of this study suggest that although increasing smoking risk knowledge does not significantly reduce Asian students' smoking behavior, increasing their risk assessment beliefs does produce the desirable public policy effect of reducing current smoking. Furthermore, only among rules-driven individuals does an increase in no harm scores significantly reduce student smoking risk assessment beliefs. Thus, current anti-smoking advertising campaigns among overseas Asian students may be more effective if they attempt to change these students' smoking risks assessment beliefs especially if they are targeted to rules-driven student market segments.

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Journal

Journal of international consumer marketing

Volume

16

Issue

2

Pagination

91 - 110

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, England

ISSN

0896-1530

eISSN

1528-7068

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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