State legislators' attitudes and voting intentions toward tobacco control legislation

Am J Public Health. 1997 Jul;87(7):1197-200. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.7.1197.


Objectives: This study describes state legislators' knowledge, attitudes, and voting intentions with regard to tobacco-related issues.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey of state legislators was conducted in North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont in 1994.

Results: Most legislators agreed that secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer in nonsmokers, and a majority believed that smokers are addicted to nicotine. More than 75% stated that they would support a measure to enforce laws preventing tobacco sales to youth. A majority of Texas and Vermont legislators supported an increase in the state cigarette excise tax; 43% of North Carolina legislators would support an increase if revenues were directed toward tobacco farmer diversification.

Conclusions: State legislators believe tobacco to be addictive, and they support policies to protect youth from tobacco. Support for other legislative measures differs significantly across states.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • North Carolina
  • Politics*
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • State Government*
  • Taxes / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Texas
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States
  • Vermont