Interactive tobacco and alcohol marketing

While traditional tobacco and alcohol marketing remains a potent influence among youth, new technologies are fundamentally altering the marketing landscape. Even as the "information superhighway" has given way to a web devoted largely to commerce, marketing is one of the least understood aspects of the new media culture. With our partners at the Center for Digital Democracy, we conducted a descriptive study to identify and analyze the emerging tobacco and alcohol digital marketing practices.

Case studies

Using our analysis of digital food marketing as a starting point, we developed a series of case studies describing how tobacco and alcohol marketers are using digital techniques, particularly those that appeal to youth and youth of color. To identify digital campaigns from alcohol and tobacco marketers, we collected information from (1) media and advertising industry white papers, research reports, press kits, and trade publications; (2) tobacco, alcohol, and advertising companies' own public documents, press statements, websites and other online content; and (3) online tobacco industry document repositories. The case studies assess the policy implications for alcohol and tobacco and alcohol industry's own marketing codes. The findings from this study will help public health advocates, policy makers, parents and the public understand how tobacco and alcohol companies are reaching their markets, including youth and youth of color, in the new digital age.

Publications

Alcohol Marketing in the Digital Age

Findings on tobacco marketing are included in Chapter 5, "The Tobacco Industry's Influences on the Use of Tobacco Among Youth," in Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012.

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