Table 2

Support for raising the age of sales to 21 years of age

CharacteristicPercentage in support (95% CI)
Overall70.5 (68.9 to 72.1)
Smoking status*
 Never smokers76.0 (74.0 to 78.0)
 Former smokers65.1 (61.7 to 68.5)
 Current smokers57.8 (53.2 to 62.4)
Region*
 Northeast71.0 (67.2 to 74.8)
 Midwest71.1 (67.7 to 74.5)
 South72.5 (69.9 to 75.1)
 West66.4 (62.8 to 70.0)
Race*
 White68.4 (66.4 to 70.4)
 Black80.3 (76.1 to 84.5)
 Hispanic72.0 (67.0 to 77.0)
 Other74.3 (68.5 to 80.1)
Age*
 18–2061.7 (53.7 to 69.7)
 21–3966.6 (62.2 to 71.0)
 30–4467.0 (63.9 to 70.1)
 45–6472.7 (70.0 to 75.4)
 65+78.1 (74.4 to 81.8)
Sex*
 Males62.7 (60.2 to 65.2)
 Females77.5 (75.5 to 79.5)
Education*
 Less than HS75.1 (69.9 to 80.3)
 High school74.8 (71.8 to 77.8)
 Some college68.5 (65.4 to 71.6)
 College degree67.6 (64.8 to 70.4)
Experimenting with cigarettes is a part of growing up*
 Agree66.1 (63.4 to 68.8)
 Disagree73.5 (71.4 to 75.6)
It is important that adolescents and young adults never experiment with tobacco*
 Agree77.0 (75.3 to 78.7)
 Disagree46.9 (42.9 to 50.9)
People can become addicted to nicotine even after smoking just a few cigarettes*
 Agree77.3 (75.5 to 79.1)
 Disagree53.6 (49.6 to 57.6)
 Do not know62.3 (57.4 to 67.2)
Even one dose of nicotine or smoking one cigarette can change brain chemistry*
 Agree79.6 (77.6 to 81.6)
 Disagree53.6 (49.6 to 57.6)
 Do not know66.8 (63.3 to 70.3)
  • *p<0.05, based on χ2 analyses.