205099 Relationship of Attitudinal Tolerance to Second Hand Smoking and Support for Tobacco Control Policy/Legislation Among a Minority Population

Monday, November 9, 2009

Olugbemiga Tanilepada Ekundayo, MD, MPH, DrPH , Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Velesha P. Williams, MS , Mississippi Urban Research Center, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Sridevi Alla, MBBS, MPH , School of Health Sciences, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Vincent Mendy, MPH , Office of Health Disparity Elimination, MS State Department of Health, Jackson, MS
Mario J. Azevedo, PhD , Department of Epidemiology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

Tobacco smoke, mainstream or environmental (ets), has been implicated in chronic and acute diseases for a significant number of people, including children. While most policy and legislation currently control smoking in public places, private spaces, including homes and private transportation, have become environments of major exposure, especially for children. We examine relationships between attitudes to tobacco use in private spaces and support for environmental tobacco control legislation targeted at private spaces among adults in Hinds County, Mississippi.


Using stratified convenience sampling, a standardized and validated questionnaire was applied to 349 male and female respondents in five districts of Hinds County, Mississippi. Data collected by trained interns and community tobacco control advocates included tobacco avoidance behavior and attitude in relation to support to tobacco control legislation in private spaces. The relationships were analyzed.


Those who engaged in tobacco avoidance behavior regularly were more likely to favor tobacco legislation controlling ets in private spaces. Also, those who feel strongly about the effects of tobacco smoke on health were more likely to support tobacco control legislation in private spaces. Implications for policy and education for both community and policy makers are discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify tobacco avoidance behavior 2. Describe attitudes of tobacco use in private spaces 3. Identify the relationships between perception of tobacco smoke effects on health and support tobacco control legislation in private spaces 4. Distinguish between public and private spaces

Keywords: Tobacco Policy, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Community Engaged Research (8years)
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.