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Bans Reduce Smoking Among Young Adults

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Smoking bans work with young people.  That’s one of the findings of a study conducted by an Ohio State University sociologist. 

OSU Professor Mike Vuolo analyzed smoking data from around the country.  He found that a significant number of young people who smoked less than a pack a day gave up tobacco completely.

“When a smoking ban goes into effect, young people are indeed less likely to smoke,” Vuolo says.

Vuolo found that young men responded to bans; young women did not.

“For males, 19 percent when there was no smoking ban and 13 percent when there was a ban.  But for females it was 11 percent regardless,” he says.

People who smoked more than a pack-a-day did not change their smoking habits. But he says:

“In the future, as we pass more bans, fewer people are going to be likely to reach the level of dependence,” says Vuolo.

The study, co-authored by Purdue’s Brian Kelly, is published in the current issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior