Smoking Restriction Policy Attitudes in a Diverse African American Population

Diane M. Becker, Deborah Rohm Young, Lisa R. Yanek, Carolyn C. Voorhees, David M. Levine, Neal Janey

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Objective: To determine agreement with policies on cigarette smoking in a socially heterogeneous African American population. Methods: Street and telephone surveys were used to assess agreement with 4 recent smoking restrictive policy activities in Maryland. One urban area (n=885) and one suburban area (n=1081) with were surveyed. Results: Smoking prevalence was 35%. The majority of both smokers and nonsmokers agreed with restricting outdoor advertising, banning smoking in workplaces, fining minors for purchasing cigarettes, and regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. Conclusion: This suggests that African American communities, in spite of tobacco company promotion, are amenable to aggressive tobacco control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-459
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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