State legislators' attitudes and voting intentions toward tobacco control legislation

Adam O. Goldstein, Joanna E. Cohen, Brian S. Flynn, Nell H. Gottlieb, Laura J. Solomon, Greg S. Dana, Karl E. Bauman, Michael C. Munger

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Objectives: This study describes state legislators' knowledge, attitudes, and voting intentions with regard to tobacco-related issues. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of state legislators was conducted in North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont in 1994. Results: Most legislators agreed that secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer in nonsmokers, and a majority believed that smokers are addicted to nicotine. More than 75% stated that they would support a measure to enforce laws preventing tobacco sales to youth. A majority of Texas and Vermont legislators supported an increase in the state cigarette excise tax; 43% of North Carolina legislators would support an increase if revenues were directed toward tobacco farmer diversification. Conclusions: State legislators believe tobacco to be addictive, and they support policies to protect youth from tobacco. Support for other legislative measures differs significantly across states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1197-1200
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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