Do interventions to change our environment reduce tobacco consumption?

stop smokingWe carried out a systematic scoping review of studies investigating the effects of physical environment interventions on behaviours, including smoking. Such interventions include changing the packaging of cigarettes or reducing the number of outlets selling tobacco.

Our review highlights that:

  • only 3.4% of the 346 studies identified related to tobacco use.
  • physical environment interventions are largely under-explored in terms of how they might reduce smoking.


Altering micro-environments to change population health behaviour: towards an evidence base for choice architecture interventions. Hollands, Shemilt, Marteau, Jebb, Kelly, Nakamura, Suhrcke & Ogilvie. 2013.

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