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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(1), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010072

Attitudes towards Potential New Tobacco Control Regulations among U.S. Adults

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Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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Counter Tools, Carrboro, NC 27510, USA
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Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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Received: 14 November 2017 / Revised: 21 December 2017 / Accepted: 25 December 2017 / Published: 5 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Development and Evaluation of New Tobacco Control Interventions)
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Abstract

Favorable attitudes towards tobacco control policies can facilitate their implementation and success. We examined attitudes toward four potential U.S. Federal tobacco regulations (banning menthol from cigarettes, reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes, banning candy and fruit flavored electronic cigarettes, and banning candy and fruit flavored little cigars and cigarillos) and associations with individual and state variables. A nationally representative phone survey of 4337 adults assessed attitudes toward potential policies. Weighted logistic regression was used to assess relationships between attitudes and demographic factors, smoking behavior, beliefs about the government (knowledge, trust, and credibility), exposure to tobacco control campaigns, and state variables from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. Most respondents supported three out of four policies. Respondents that were female, non-white, Latino, living below the poverty line, had less than high school education, were of older age, did not smoke, had higher trust in government, and were exposed to national tobacco control campaigns had higher odds of expressing favorable attitudes toward potential new tobacco regulations than did their counterparts. No state-level effects were found. While differences in attitudes were observed by individual demographic characteristics, behaviors, and beliefs, a majority of participants supported most of the potential new tobacco regulations surveyed. View Full-Text
Keywords: tobacco control; public opinion; smoking; attitudes tobacco control; public opinion; smoking; attitudes
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Schmidt, A.M.; Kowitt, S.D.; Myers, A.E.; Goldstein, A.O. Attitudes towards Potential New Tobacco Control Regulations among U.S. Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 72.

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