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Health Educ Behav. 2009 Apr;36(2):214-29. Epub 2007 Dec 12.

Implementation of possession laws and the social ecology of tobacco control.

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  • 1Institute for Health, Policy & Evaluation Research, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA.


The objective of this evaluation research was to assess the impact of programs intended to support the enforcement component of a comprehensive youth tobacco control. The research method was a survey of a randomly stratified cluster sample of law enforcement officers. Results of the evaluation showed that the enforcement behaviors of officers were increased through the state programs to support tobacco enforcement activities. The study showed that support for implementing a policy is important to achieve the objectives of a policy. The results of a study of the enforcement component of a Florida tobacco control program are reported and discussed within the ecological context of previously reported enforcement-linked decreases in youth tobacco use and funding and defunding of the Florida Tobacco Control Program.

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