UNC study on NC teen support of smoking bans featured in U.S. News & World Report

A 2009 survey by UNC faculty of North Carolina middle and high schoolers found that 79 percent support smoke-free areas and other smoking bans.

The study, published in the Center for Disease Control's Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, polled more than 7,000 12-to-19-year-old students on their support for smoke-free policies and legislation.

The study was undertaken by Kelly Kandra, PhD, formerly of UNC and now at Benedictine University. UNC Lineberger researchers Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, director of UNC Tobacco Intervention Programs; Leah Ranney, PhD, project director of the Tobacco Research program and Anna McCullough, MSW, MSPH, project manager of the N.C. Cancer Hospital Nicotine Dependence Program were co-authors of the study.

Nonsmokers showed the highest support for smoke-free initiatives, but smokers also showed support for policies restricting exposure to cigarette smoke in homes and for indoor workplaces and other public areas. 

The research was featured in U.S. News and World Report at the following link - http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/01/09/most-teens-support-tough-smoking-bans-survey.

The study was funded by the N.C. Health and Wellness trust Fund Commission Independent Outcomes of Tobacco Initiatives contract.