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Tob Control. 2013 Nov;22(6):423-6. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050058. Epub 2012 May 23.

Using findings from a public opinion poll to build political support for tobacco control policy in Kenya.

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  • 1Division of Noncommunicable Diseases, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Nairobi, Kenya.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the level of public support for tobacco control policies and to discuss how these findings could be used to influence the legislative process in the passing of tobacco control law in the country.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional study conducted in Kenya between March and May 2007 on a random sample of 2021 (991 men and 1030 women) respondents aged 18 years and above. Interviews were done using a structured questionnaire by a research consultancy firm with long-standing experience in public polling.

RESULTS:

The majority of respondents supported tobacco control policies as proposed by WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. For example, 95% of the respondents supported smoking restrictions in all enclosed public places and workplaces, 94% supported visible health warnings on tobacco product packages, 83% supported a ban on advertisements of cigarettes and tobacco products and 69% supported a ban on sponsorship of events by tobacco companies. However, 60% perceived that there was very little commitment by legislators to tobacco control.

CONCLUSIONS:

There was overwhelming public support for tobacco control policies and a general view that government was not doing enough in implementing policies to protect the public from tobacco harm. This public opinion poll was used as an advocacy tool to generate support among legislators for national tobacco control law.

KEYWORDS:

Tobacco control; advertising and promotion; advocacy; cessation; policies; priority/special populations; public opinion; public places; public policy; smoking

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