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Attitudes towards smoking policies and tobacco control measures in relation to smoking status and smoking behaviour.
Eur J Public Health. 2006 Oct; 16(5):513-9.EJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

To examine support for various smoking policies and tobacco control measures among lifetime smokers in a country with weak anti-smoking legislation and an underdeveloped anti-smoking climate.

METHODS

Current (n = 624) and former smokers (n = 131) from a general population survey filled in the 30-item Smoking Policy Index (SPI). Structural equation modelling was used to confirm the SPI factorial structure and to test whether smoking status and smoking behaviour variables were related to the six dimensions of the SPI.

RESULTS

The dimension with the highest support was penalties for sales to minors. Sanctions against smokers had the lowest support. Current smokers compared with former smokers showed lower support on the taxes/fees, public education, and environmental restrictions dimensions while controlling for gender, age, and social status. Within current smokers, unfavourable smoking behaviours were associated with lower support.

CONCLUSION

Even in a country with poor tobacco control conditions, lifetime smokers including smokers with highly unfavourable smoking behaviours strongly support smoking policies and tobacco control measures concerning penalties and advertising/promotion. These measures should be used to promote anti-smoking legislation, and strict law enforcement of these measures is expected to be accepted by all smokers. For measures that are not supported by all lifetime smokers, interventions may be useful to increase acceptability. A limitation of the present study is the absence of never-smokers as a comparison group.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald, Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Germany. schumann@uni-greifswald.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16672250

Citation

Schumann, Anja, et al. "Attitudes Towards Smoking Policies and Tobacco Control Measures in Relation to Smoking Status and Smoking Behaviour." European Journal of Public Health, vol. 16, no. 5, 2006, pp. 513-9.
Schumann A, John U, Thyrian JR, et al. Attitudes towards smoking policies and tobacco control measures in relation to smoking status and smoking behaviour. Eur J Public Health. 2006;16(5):513-9.
Schumann, A., John, U., Thyrian, J. R., Ulbricht, S., Hapke, U., & Meyer, C. (2006). Attitudes towards smoking policies and tobacco control measures in relation to smoking status and smoking behaviour. European Journal of Public Health, 16(5), 513-9.
Schumann A, et al. Attitudes Towards Smoking Policies and Tobacco Control Measures in Relation to Smoking Status and Smoking Behaviour. Eur J Public Health. 2006;16(5):513-9. PubMed PMID: 16672250.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attitudes towards smoking policies and tobacco control measures in relation to smoking status and smoking behaviour. AU - Schumann,Anja, AU - John,Ulrich, AU - Thyrian,J René, AU - Ulbricht,Sabina, AU - Hapke,Ulfert, AU - Meyer,Christian, Y1 - 2006/05/03/ PY - 2006/5/5/pubmed PY - 2007/1/19/medline PY - 2006/5/5/entrez SP - 513 EP - 9 JF - European journal of public health JO - Eur J Public Health VL - 16 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: To examine support for various smoking policies and tobacco control measures among lifetime smokers in a country with weak anti-smoking legislation and an underdeveloped anti-smoking climate. METHODS: Current (n = 624) and former smokers (n = 131) from a general population survey filled in the 30-item Smoking Policy Index (SPI). Structural equation modelling was used to confirm the SPI factorial structure and to test whether smoking status and smoking behaviour variables were related to the six dimensions of the SPI. RESULTS: The dimension with the highest support was penalties for sales to minors. Sanctions against smokers had the lowest support. Current smokers compared with former smokers showed lower support on the taxes/fees, public education, and environmental restrictions dimensions while controlling for gender, age, and social status. Within current smokers, unfavourable smoking behaviours were associated with lower support. CONCLUSION: Even in a country with poor tobacco control conditions, lifetime smokers including smokers with highly unfavourable smoking behaviours strongly support smoking policies and tobacco control measures concerning penalties and advertising/promotion. These measures should be used to promote anti-smoking legislation, and strict law enforcement of these measures is expected to be accepted by all smokers. For measures that are not supported by all lifetime smokers, interventions may be useful to increase acceptability. A limitation of the present study is the absence of never-smokers as a comparison group. SN - 1101-1262 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16672250/Attitudes_towards_smoking_policies_and_tobacco_control_measures_in_relation_to_smoking_status_and_smoking_behaviour_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/eurpub/ckl048 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -