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Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:120135. doi: 10.5888/pcd10.120135.

Support among middle school and high school students for smoke-free policies, North Carolina, 2009.

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Department of Psychology, Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Lisle, IL 60532, USA. kkandra@ben.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

In the United States, little is known about youth attitudes toward smoke-free policies. Our research measures North Carolina middle school and high school students' opinions about smoke-free policies in indoor and outdoor public places as well as private places such as vehicles, homes, and work environments.

METHODS:

Data come from the 2009 North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey. The overall middle school response rate was 79.2% (n = 3,805 students); the overall high school response rate was 78.2% (n = 3,301 students). To account for the complex survey design and sampling weights, data were analyzed by using SAS survey procedures.

RESULTS:

Most middle school and high school students support smoke-free policies across all venues. Support for smoke-free policies for several venues is also strong among high school students who are current smokers and those who want to stop smoking.

CONCLUSION:

Until smoke-free legislation becomes universal, youth are at risk for exposure in many venues. The North Carolina legislature can protect the health and well-being of North Carolina youth by passing new legislation that is concordant with youth preferences regarding smoke-free policies.

PMID:
23286358
PMCID:
PMC3545699
DOI:
10.5888/pcd10.120135
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