Are State legislatures responding to public opinion when allocating funds for tobacco control programs?

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Journal Article

This study explored the factors associated with state-level allocations to tobacco-control programs. The primary research question was whether public sentiment regarding tobacco control was a significant factor in the states' 2001 budget decisions. In addition to public opinion, several additional political and economic measures were considered. Significant associations were found between our outcome, state-level tobacco-control funding per capita, and key variables of interest including public opinion, amount of tobacco settlement received, the party affiliation of the governor, the state's smoking rate, excise tax revenue received, and whether the state was a major producer of tobacco. The findings from this study supported our hypothesis that states with citizens who favor more restrictive indoor air policies allocate more to tobacco control. Effective public education to change public opinion and the cultural norms surrounding smoking may affect political decisions and, in turn, increase funding for crucial public health programs.

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Cited Authors

  • Snyder, A; Falba, T; Busch, S; Sindelar, J

Published Date

  • July 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • 35S - 45S

PubMed ID

  • 15231095

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15231095

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-8399

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1524839904264591

Language

  • eng