Cigarette smoking in the movies: The influence of product placement on attitudes toward smoking and smokers

Bryan Gibson, John Maurer

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Abstract

Product placement, in which actors use products on screen to promote those products, has received little research attention. The current research examines the effects of cigarette use in movies on various attitudes toward smoking and toward the actor using the product. Participants (N= 120) viewed a 20-min clip of Die Hard; half viewing a clip in which the lead character smoked, and half viewing a clip in which the lead character did not smoke. Nonsmokers who were low in need for cognition and who saw the lead character smoking reported more favorable attitudes about smoking. In addition smokers who saw the character smoking rated him as more appealing, while nonsmokers' ratings of the character were not affected by his smoking. Results are discussed in terms of the role of the placement of cigarettes in movies in the development of important smoking-related attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1457-1473
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume30
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2000

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