Table 2

Percentage of Florida and national samples agreeing/disagreeing with selected attitude/belief statements at baseline and 1999 by age

Attitude/belief% Agree/ disagreeFloridaNational
1998199919981999
All persons⩽ 15⩾ 16All persons⩽ 15⩾ 16All persons⩽15⩾ 16All persons⩽ 15⩾ 16
1. Most people your age do not like TCsA51.259.439.353.864.542.051.459.638.344.457.233.9
2. If people your age knew they were being used by TCs just to make money, they would never start smokingA37.642.131.141.650.232.038.344.727.937.444.231.5
3. TCs try to get young people to smoke because older people quit or dieA64.566.461.780.181.878.264.264.763.463.261.765.2
4. TCs do good things for people your age like sponsoring concerts, sporting events, and giving away thingsD60.662.557.557.658.357.259.260.557.856.857.356.2
5. TCs should not be blamed for young people who smokeD69.472.066.576.479.772.568.271.166.768.872.865.9
6. TCs use advertising to fool young peopleA80.381.178.081.484.178.782.384.679.177.581.973.7
7. Smoking has nothing to do with whether or not a person is coolA64.964.466.274.373.575.169.069.168.572.570.974.0
8. Most people your age do not like to be around people who smokeA61.468.850.460.067.252.360.767.050.555.868.145.3
9. Anti-tobacco advertisements have a big influence on people your ageA60.862.458.171.977.565.961.767.253.863.872.556.3
10. Most people your age do not believe all the bad things they hear about tobacco productsD34.337.729.143.444.541.635.335.235.339.240.538.0
11. Anti-tobacco people are no more honest than pro-tobacco peopleD57.456.958.463.463.363.864.266.061.664.664.764.4
  • TCs, tobacco companies

  • At baseline the percentage different on an attitude/belief between Florida and the national sample was significant for items 7 and 11 for the total, 7, 9, and 11 for ⩽ 15, and 2, 9, 10, and 11 for ⩾ 16.

  • One year later the percentage difference between Florida and the national sample was significant except for items 4 and 11 for the total, 4, 8, and 11 for ⩽ 15, and 2, 4, 7, and 11 for ⩾ 16.

  • In Florida significant increases in anti-tobacco attitudes/beliefs occurred over the year except for item 6 for the total, 2 and 6 for ⩽ 15, and 2, 4, 6, and 8 for ⩾ 16.

  • Nationally, attitudes/beliefs did not change significantly or became more pro-tobacco except for items 7 and 10 for the total, 9 and 10 for ⩽ 15, and 2, 7, 9, 10, and 11 for ⩾ 16.