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Prev Med. 2016 Feb;83:5-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.016. Epub 2015 Nov 22.

Ready for a goodbye to tobacco? - Assessment of support for endgame strategies on smoking among adults in a Danish regional health survey.

Author information

1
Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Capital Region of Denmark, Glostrup University Hospital, Nordre Ringvej 57, Building 84-85, DK-2600 Glostrup, Denmark. Electronic address: maja.lykke@regionh.dk.
2
Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Capital Region of Denmark, Glostrup University Hospital, Nordre Ringvej 57, Building 84-85, DK-2600 Glostrup, Denmark. Electronic address: charlotte.pisinger@regionh.dk.
3
Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Capital Region of Denmark, Glostrup University Hospital, Nordre Ringvej 57, Building 84-85, DK-2600 Glostrup, Denmark; Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7 D2, DK-9220 Aalborg East, Denmark. Electronic address: charlotte.gluemer@regionh.dk.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess support for a future ban on smoking and for increasing tobacco taxes in Denmark, and to explore if support differed across sex, age, educational attainment, smoking status and intention to quit.

METHODS:

Data from a 2013 health survey representative of the population aged ≥16years in the Capital Region of Denmark (N=41,356, response rate=43.5) was linked with data on sex, age and education from central registers. Participants were asked if they supported: 1) a future ban on smoking in Denmark, and 2) increased taxes on tobacco products. Subgroup differences were explored using logistic regression.

RESULTS:

30.6% supported a future ban on smoking, while 59.0% supported increased taxes. Women were less supportive of a future ban (OR=0.83 (0.78-0.88)) and more supportive of increasing taxes (OR=1.11 (1.06-1.18)) than men. Support for both measures was higher among the youngest. Only small differences were found in ban support across educational attainment, while support for taxes increased with increasing education. Support for both measures were greatest among never smokers (OR=2.66 (2.40-2.93) and OR=9.69 (8.83-10.63)) compared to daily smokers. Smokers intending to quit were two to three times as likely to support a future ban or increased taxes compared to smokers with no quit intensions.

CONCLUSION:

One third supported a future ban on smoking, while six out of ten supported increasing taxes. This first Danish study of support for more radical tobacco control adds to the growing literature on tobacco endgame and sets a baseline for future assessments of public support.

KEYWORDS:

Attitude; Health promotion; Health surveys; Legislation; Public opinion; Smoking; Smoking bans

PMID:
26592689
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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