Youth attitudes towards tobacco control laws: The influence of smoking status and grade in school

Terrinieka T. Williams, Leonard A. Jason, Steven B. Pokorny

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Abstract

This study examined adolescent attitudes towards tobacco control laws. An exploratory factor analysis, using surveys from over 9,000 students, identified the following three factors: (1) youth attitudes towards the efficacy of tobacco control laws, (2) youth attitudes towards tobacco possession laws and (3) youth attitudes towards tobacco sales laws. Findings revealed that smokers reported less favorable attitudes towards the efficacy of tobacco control laws, tobacco possession laws, and tobacco sales laws than non-smokers. In addition, youth in lower grade levels reported more support for the efficacy of tobacco control laws and tobacco possession laws than those in higher grades. Findings indicate that there are different dimensions of youth attitudes towards tobacco control laws, and that smoking status and grade in school have important relationships to these different factors. This understanding might better allow the perspectives of youth to be an additional consideration when developing and implementing laws aimed at minimizing underage smoking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 6 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco control laws
  • Youth attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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