Three thousand youngsters begin smoking every day, and smoking
rates among adolescents are increasing. Restricting access to cigarettes and
fining minors for possession of tobacco products could be effective strategies
to reduce the rising rates of teenage smoking. It is unfortunate that the issue
of whether or not minors are fined for possession of tobacco products has been
infrequently studied, despite increasing interest among public health officials
in this issue. It is possible that the combination of more consistent vendor
enforcement and fining minors for possession of tobacco products is the optimal
intervention for decreasing smoking prevalence rates among adolescents. The
current proposed study will be a rigorous test of this hypothesis. The proposed
study would examine the smoking habits of junior and senior high school
students in 24 towns. Towns will be randomly assigned into two conditions. Half
of the towns will receive regular vendor enforcement and will fine minors for
tobacco possession, and the other towns will have vendor enforcements but will
not fine minors. The towns in each condition will be matched for population
size and median household income. It is predicted that the combined condition
(i.e., the combination of vendor enforcements and fining minors for tobacco
possession) will have significant influence on the students' rates of smoking,
and that these rates will be most influenced in younger versus older minors. If
these predicted findings do emerge, they will have an important influence on
the ways in which public policy officials and community members consider
interventions directed at lowering rates of smoking among their youth.
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