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Factors influencing attitudes to legislation banning the manufacture and sale of tobacco products
  1. J-G Park1,
  2. J W Park1,
  3. D-W Kim1,
  4. H-G Seo1,
  5. B-H Nam1,
  6. J S Lee1,
  7. J C Choi2,
  8. I S Kim3,
  9. P Boyle4
  1. 1
    Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea
  2. 2
    The National Assembly of Republic of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  3. 3
    Korean Associations of Smoking and Health, Seoul, Korea
  4. 4
    International Agency of Research on Cancer, Lyons, France
  1. Jae-Gahb Park, Cancer Research Institute and Cancer Research Center, Seoul National University, 28 Yongon-dong, Chongno-gu, Seoul 110–744, Korea; jgpark{at}plaza.snu.ac.kr

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Despite a growing body of scientific evidence that has demonstrated the toxic, carcinogenic and addictive effects of tobacco, tobacco products remain unique in being the only carcinogenic and addictive product sold legally.1 2

On 22 February 2006 a petition stipulating the implementation of a ban on the manufacture and sale of tobacco products phased over the next 10 years in Korea, was filed at the National Assembly.

This petition can only succeed if it is supported by national consensus. To perceive the attitude towards this act among the general population, and to elucidate factors associated with support of or opposition to the act, a nationwide telephone interview survey was conducted in Korea in June 2006 by the Korean branch of the Gallup International Association.

A sample of 1508 individuals (741 men and 767 …

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