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Predictors of government officials' support for youth tobacco control policies.

Authors
  • Andersen, Peter A
  • Buller, David B
  • Voeks, Jenifer H
  • Borland, Ron
  • Helme, Donald
  • Bettinghaus, Erwin P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
Volume
13
Issue
6
Pages
621–629
Identifiers
PMID: 17984717
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Preventing youth access to tobacco products is a crucial public health goal. This study examines support by elected city and county officials in Colorado for enacting youth tobacco control policies in the State of Colorado. Participating city and county officials (n = 684) were surveyed regarding their attitudes and opinions on tobacco-related issues and policy control efforts. The officials surveyed were generally supportive of efforts to restrict youth access to tobacco. A number of predictors of support for youth tobacco control policies were identified, including official's perceptions of community norms, their political party, the presence of citizen anti-tobacco events, educational background of the officials, and their attitudes about tobacco. Recommendations for theory and citizen action are provided.

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