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Health Policy. 2008 May;86(2-3):234-8. Epub 2007 Dec 3.

Opinion on tobacco tax increase: factors associated with individuals' support in Germany.

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Institute for Therapy and Health Research, IFT-Nord, D├╝sternbrooker Weg 2, 24105 Kiel, Germany. hanewinkel@ift-nord.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the opinion on tobacco tax increases in Germany.

DESIGN:

Ten wave cross-sectional study with assessments before and after the tax increases.

SETTING:

General population of Germany.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ten representative samples from general population with a total number of 27,608 persons aged 14 and above were interviewed.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Opinion ("support", "disapprove", and "undetermined") before and after tobacco tax increases.

RESULTS:

Thirty-nine percent of the sample supported the tobacco tax increases. Support was higher among non-smokers and subjects with higher levels of education. Data indicated an increase of support over time from 35% in 2002 to 42% in 2005 which was not affected by the amount of price increase.

CONCLUSIONS:

The preliminary findings, that the amount of price increase did not affect the support of the general population in a negative way, and that support grew during a succession of tax increases, might be useful for legislators.

PMID:
18054110
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthpol.2007.10.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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