A study has concluded that Hong Kong should set itself the goal of a total ban on tobacco sales before 2022, according to a Tobacco Control report.
A telephone survey was conducted among 1,537 randomly-selected residents in 2012 to assess their support for a total ban on tobacco sales, usage and possession.
Backers of “some form of a total ban” on tobacco were said to have included 75.3 percent of the never smokers, 63.9 percent of the ex-smokers and 48.9 percent of current smokers.
A total ban on tobacco sales was the most popular option among the three groups, with 64.8 percent of all respondents supporting a ban within 10 years.
Current smoking and higher educational attainment were associated with less support for a total ban on tobacco sales.
Among current smokers, having quit intentions and attempts to quit were associated with support for a total ban.
The study, which was first published online yesterday, was carried out by researchers at the School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong; the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, US; and the School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong.
An abstract is available at http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/09/17/tobaccocontrol-2013-051092.abstract.html?papetoc.
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