The Impact of the Tobacco Control Law on Youth Tobacco Use

Mukeria, Mariam and Kiknadze, Besik and Verulava, Tengiz (2020) The Impact of the Tobacco Control Law on Youth Tobacco Use. Archives of the Balkan Medical Union, 55 (1). pp. 108-112. ISSN 1584-9244

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Introduction. Tobacco consumption is one of the global problems that creates serious health risks. The Georgian anti-tobacco law was accepted on 2017. The objective of the study. The research aims to evaluate the effectiveness of tobacco control legislation on tobacco consumption by students in Georgia. Material and methods. A focus group method was used within qualitative research. A nonprobability sampling method and its most convenient type – a snowball sampling was used for the respondent selection. Respondents were the students of Tbilisi State University (Georgia). The group was comprised of Ilia State University undergraduate and postgraduate students (Tbilisi, Georgia). A total of 14 respondents were interviewed: 6 women and 8 men male. The age of the participants ranged from 20 to 24 years. Results. Respondents began smoking between the ages of 14-16 years old. Regarding the reasons to begin smoking, the subjects attributed the decision to a mild curiosity spurned by a positive atmosphere of social encouragement. Respondents are aware of the amendments to the Tobacco Control Law, being more or less cognizant of the prohibitions that followed, and what sanctions would be imposed in case of violations. Ten respondents positively evaluate these changes and believe that the positive results are noticeable in the short term. Conclusions. It is advisable to facilitate the prevention measures of tobacco consumption. In this regard, it is welcome to introduce the Law on Tobacco Control in Georgia that prohibits tobacco consumption and advertising in public places, particularly in educational and other institutions, as well as selling tobacco products near schools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-tobacco law, tobacco consumption, behavior, social environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HL Healthcare Policy and Management
H Social Sciences > HO Public Health
Divisions: Faculties/Schools > School of Business,Technology and Education
Depositing User: Professor Tengiz Verulava
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 10:48
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 10:48

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