The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5005.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - Table 7

Abstract #46264

Local tobacco control ordinance databases: An essential tool for advocates and researchers

Cynthia Hallett, MPH and Maggie Leighninger. Executive Director, American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, J, Berkeley, CA 94702, 510-841-3045,

Policy advocacy at the local level is vitally important to public health practitioners. The field of tobacco control is unique in that it has access to a national database of local tobacco control ordinances. The database, originally developed in early 1980s, represents one of the most thorough collections of local policy data and presents a unique opportunity for research and program planning. As more states have developed comprehensive tobacco control programs, the need for a compilation of local tobacco control ordinances into user-friendly databases is an essential tool to both policy advocates and researchers. This presentation will describe state-of-the-art national and local tobacco control databases, and their application to program planning, surveillance, and community/media education.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to

    Keywords: Tobacco Policy, Research

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    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation
    I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
    Relationship: I am Executive Director of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF). ANRF developed the first national local tobacco control ordinance database in the 1980s and continues to collect and analyze ordinances for inclusion in the database. ANRF re

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