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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 696; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040696

German Public Support for Tobacco Control Policy Measures: Results from the German Study on Tobacco Use (DEBRA), a Representative National Survey

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Institute of General Practice, Addiction Research and Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University, 40227 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Received: 15 February 2018 / Revised: 15 March 2018 / Accepted: 29 March 2018 / Published: 7 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Smoking prevalence in Germany remains high at approximately 28%. We assessed public support for tobacco legislation and associations between level of support and smoking and socio-demographic characteristics. Data from 2087 people were collected as part of the German Study on Tobacco Use (“DEBRA”): a nationally representative, face-to-face household survey. Public support was measured on total ban of sale, raising the minimum age for sales, taxation of tobacco industry sales, research into e-cigarettes, and ban of smoking in cars when children are present. Associations were assessed with multivariate logistic regression. Over 50% of the German population support taxing industry profits (57.3%) and assessing e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking (55.5%). Over 40% support raising the legal age of sale (43.1%), and 22.9% support a total ban on tobacco sales. A smoking ban in cars when children are present was most popular (71.5%), even among current smokers (67.0%). There is public support for stricter tobacco control measures in Germany. A smoking ban in cars when children are present could be a feasible policy to implement. View Full-Text
Keywords: tobacco control; policy; epidemiology; public opinion; survey tobacco control; policy; epidemiology; public opinion; survey
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Boeckmann, M.; Kotz, D.; Shahab, L.; Brown, J.; Kastaun, S. German Public Support for Tobacco Control Policy Measures: Results from the German Study on Tobacco Use (DEBRA), a Representative National Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 696.

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