Investigating adolescents’ sources of information concerning tobacco and the resulting impact on attitudes toward public policy
- 43 Downloads
Background. In this study, we investigated different sources of information concerning the use of tobacco and the impact that these sources may have on attitudes toward tobacco policies. Methods. We surveyed 4336 high school students gathered from 5 high schools in the Southeastern United States. Results. The results indicate that just over half of these youth are supportive of public policies targeting bans on smoking in public places and having a minimum age to purchase tobacco products. Race is significant in impacting both age restriction and prohibition of smoking in public places, with African American youth being less supportive of both dependent variables. However, holding this variable constant in an ordinal logistic regression, we found that attitudes toward policy are impacted by the environment related to smoking in which the youth lives; the extent to which the youth believes he/she is well informed; and more important, the amount of correct and accurate information on smoking the youth possess. Conclusions. Communicating accurate information is vital in increasing youth support for pending or already existing tobacco policies.
- 4.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco use among adults—United States, 2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Weekly Rep. 2007;55:1145–1148.Google Scholar
- 5.US Department of Health and Human Services. Tobacco Use Among U.S. Racia/Ethnic Minority Groups-African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 1998.Google Scholar
- 10.Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2008. National Youth Tobacco Survey. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_ statistics/surveys/NYTS/index.htm.Accessed November 12, 2008.Google Scholar
- 11.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007. Question Inventory on Tobacco. Available at: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/QIT/ QuickSearch.aspx. Accessed November 12, 2008.Google Scholar
- 14.Muilenburg JL, West SJ, Clayton DL, Johnson WD, Annang L. Home smoking environment: Influence on behaviors and attitudes in an urban adolescent population. Health Educ Behav. 2008.Google Scholar