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Population exposure to smoking and tobacco branding in the UK reality show ‘Love Island’

Barker, Alexander B.; Opazo-Breton, Magdalena; Cranwell, Joanne; Britton, John; Murray, Rachel L.

Authors

Magdalena Opazo-Breton magdalena.opazo@nottingham.ac.uk

Joanne Cranwell

John Britton j.britton@outlook.com



Abstract

Background: Reality television shows are popular with children and young adults; inclusion of tobacco imagery in these programmes is likely to cause smoking in these groups. Series 3 of the UK reality show Love Island, broadcast in 2017, attracted widespread media criticism for high levels of smoking depicted. We have quantified this tobacco content and estimated the UK population exposure to generic and branded tobacco imagery generated by the show.

Methods: We used 1-minute interval coding to quantify actual or implied tobacco use, tobacco paraphernalia or branding, in alternate episodes of series 3 of Love Island; and Census data and viewing figures from Kantar Media to estimate gross and per capita tobacco impressions.

Results: We coded 21 episodes comprising 1001 minutes of content. Tobacco imagery occurred in 204 (20%) intervals; the frequency of appearances fell significantly after media criticism. An identifiable cigarette brand, Lucky Strike Double Click, appeared in 16 intervals. The 21 episodes delivered an estimated 559 million gross tobacco impressions to the UK population, predominantly to women, including 47 million to children aged

Citation

Barker, A. B., Opazo-Breton, M., Cranwell, J., Britton, J., & Murray, R. L. (2018). Population exposure to smoking and tobacco branding in the UK reality show ‘Love Island’. Tobacco Control, 27(6), 709-711. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054125

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 5, 2018
Publication Date Feb 5, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 20, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2018
Journal Tobacco Control
Print ISSN 0964-4563
Electronic ISSN 1468-3318
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Pages 709-711
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054125
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49863
Publisher URL https://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2018/05/16/tobaccocontrol-2017-054125
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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