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Public perceptions of the tobacco-free generation in Tasmania: adults and adolescents


Trainer, E and Gall, S and Smith, A and Terry, K, Public perceptions of the tobacco-free generation in Tasmania: adults and adolescents, Tobacco Control, 26 pp. 458-460. ISSN 0964-4563 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 British Medical Journal

DOI: doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053105


BACKGROUND: The tobacco-free generation (TFG) proposal advocates prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people born after the year 2000. In a world-first, the Tasmanian parliament is considering this proposed legislation. Levels of public support for the proposal among adults and adolescents were investigated.

METHODS: Data were collected via 2 cross-sectional studies in 2014. 1 was a telephone survey of 600 randomly sampled Tasmanians aged 18 years or over, the other a pencil and paper survey of 1888 Tasmanian secondary school students aged 12-17 years. Regression models were used to examine characteristics associated with support for adults and adolescents, weighted to account for sampling and the Tasmanian population.

RESULTS: Support for the TFG proposal was 75% among Tasmanian adults. Majority support extends across all sociodemographic subgroups, including 72% of current smokers. Support was higher among females and those educated up to year 12. Of those aged 12-17 years, 68% supported the TFG proposal, including 64% of those born after the year 2000, who would be directly affected by the TFG proposal. Support was higher among non-smokers and those born before the year 2000.

CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS: There is strong public support for the TFG proposal in Tasmania, even among smokers and people born after the year 2000.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:End game, Prevention, Public opinion, Public policy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Gall, S (Associate Professor Seana Gall)
ID Code:110845
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-08-17
Last Modified:2017-12-05

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