Next Article in Journal
Lung Deposition Analyses of Inhaled Toxic Aerosols in Conventional and Less Harmful Cigarette Smoke: A Review
Previous Article in Journal
Natural Exposure of Horses to Mosquito-Borne Flaviviruses in South-East Queensland, Australia
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(9), 4444-4453; doi:10.3390/ijerph10094444

A Content Analysis of Media Coverage of the Introduction of a Smoke-Free Bylaw in Vancouver Parks and Beaches

1
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, E311, 4500 Oak Street, Box 48, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1, Canada
2
Experimental Medicine Program, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room 10226, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9, Canada
3
College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, 315 College of Nursing Building, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 4 July 2013 / Revised: 3 September 2013 / Accepted: 4 September 2013 / Published: 18 September 2013
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [258 KB, uploaded 19 June 2014]   |  

Abstract

The Board of Parks and Recreation in Vancouver, BC approved a smoke-free bylaw in the city’s parks, beaches and recreational facilities, effective 1 September 2010. We analyzed local news coverage and portrayal of the bylaw to understand the potential influence of news media on public perception of the bylaw in order to inform the media advocacy work of public health interest groups. We compiled a data set of newspaper articles (n = 90) and conducted a quantitative content analysis to examine content related to the outdoor smoke-free policy, including article slant, topics related to smoking and tobacco control, and any equity-related concerns raised. Newspaper coverage in Vancouver was largely supportive of the outdoor smoke-free bylaw. However, concerns over rights were frequently discussed in letters to the editor. Such equity concerns were rarely discussed in news articles, showing a potential disconnect between the concerns expressed in the media by members of the public and the coverage provided by print media.
Keywords: smoke-free policy; equity; content analysis; media smoke-free policy; equity; content analysis; media
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Moshrefzadeh, A.; Rice, W.; Pederson, A.; Okoli, C.T.C. A Content Analysis of Media Coverage of the Introduction of a Smoke-Free Bylaw in Vancouver Parks and Beaches. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 4444-4453.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top