Key policy makers' awareness of tobacco taxation effectiveness through a sensitization program

Gholamreza Heydari, Arezoo Ebn Ahmady, Harry A. Lando, Fahimeh Chamyani, Mohammadreza Masjedi, Mohammad B. Shadmehr, Lida Fadaizadeh

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Abstract

The implementation of 5 of the 6 WHO MPOWER program in Iran is satisfactory; the only notable shortcoming is the lack of tobacco taxation increases. This study was designed to increase key policy makers' awareness of tobacco taxation effectiveness through a sensitization program in Iran. This analytical and semi-experimental study in 2014 included 110 tobacco control key policy makers, who were trained and received educational materials on the importance of tobacco taxation. A valid and reliable questionnaire was completed before and three months after intervention. Data were analyzed using mean (SD), t-Test and analysis of variance. The mean (SD) scores at pre- and post-test were 2.7 ± 3 and 8.8 ± 1 out of 10, respectively. Paired t-tests demonstrated a significant difference in the pre- post-test knowledge scores. Increasing knowledge and promoting favorable attitudes of policy makers can lead to greater attention which could in turn change tobacco taxation policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-851
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Iranian Medicine
Volume18
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

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© 2015, Academy of Medical Sciences of the I.R. Iran. All rights reserved.

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Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Control
  • Tax
  • Tobacco

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