Impact of Canadian tobacco packaging policy on quitline reach and reach equity

N. Bruce Baskerville, Lynda Hayward, K. Stephen Brown, David Hammond, Ryan David Kennedy, H. Sharon Campbell

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the impact of the new Canadian tobacco package warning labels with a quitline toll-free phone number for seven provincial quitlines, focusing on treatment reach and reach equity in selected vulnerable groups. Methods: A quasi-experimental design assessed changes in new incoming caller characteristics, treatment reach for selected vulnerable sub-populations and the extent to which this reach is equitable, before and after the introduction of the labels in June, 2012. Administrative call data on smokers were collected at intake. Pre- and post-label treatment reach and reach equity differences were analysed by comparing the natural logarithms of the reach and reach equity statistics. Results: During the six months following the introduction of the new warning labels, 86.4% of incoming new callers indicated seeing the quitline number on the labels. Treatment reach for the six-month period significantly improved compared to the same six-month period the year before from .042% to .114% (p. <. .0001) and reach equity significantly improved for young males (p <.0001) and those with high school education or less (p = .004). Conclusions: The introduction of the new tobacco warning labels with a quitline toll-free number in Canada was associated with an increase in treatment reach. The toll-free number on tobacco warning labels aided in reducing tobacco related inequalities, such as improved reach equity for young males and those with high school or less education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume81
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Keywords

  • Quitlines
  • Special populations
  • Tobacco control
  • Tobacco packaging
  • Tobacco use
  • Utilisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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