Monitoring and decreasing public smoking among youth

Leonard A. Jason, Steven B. Pokorny, Julia R. Sanem, Monica L. Adams

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This study examined the impact of tobacco possession laws on public smoking among youth. There were two intervention sites: a fast food restaurant and a shopping mall. Two control sites were also monitored for public smoking among youth. Preliminary findings suggest that when police issued tickets to minors for violating tobacco possession laws, the number of youth smoking in public declined in both towns, with a more dramatic decrease occurring at the fast food site. In contrast, public smoking among youth in the control sites was not affected. The significance of reducing number of youth smoking in public through tobacco possession laws is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-692
Number of pages12
JournalBehavior modification
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Environmental change
  • Minors
  • Police fines
  • Public smoking
  • Tobacco use


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