Opinions of African Americans and African-American Legislators toward Tobacco Control Policies

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.Studies have shown that African Americans have higher smoking prevalence rates, smoke fewer cigarettes, begin smoking at later ages, have lower smoking cessation rates, and consume different brands than do white Americans. A number of prominent African American civic, political and cultural organizations, and black politicians receive substantial funding from the tobacco industry that they consider crucial in addressing important community issues such as eliminating racism, promoting social equality, and community development. Questions have been raised as to the commitment of black political representatives to support tobacco control policies which can help to reduce the high prevalence and mortality rates from smoking related diseases among African Americans. The purpose of this project is to collect data from African American respondents and African American state legislators and congressional representatives to examine this issue. The results of this project can be useful in working with black caucuses in local, state, and federal legislative bodies in generating greater community interest and participation in tobacco control issues; increasing the diversity of civic groups and anti-smoking coalitions; developing coalitions with African American local and state organizations; and disseminating a broader understanding of African American opinions on tobacco policies.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $344,779.00

Awarded on: 9/27/1999

Time frame: 10/1/1999 - 9/30/2003

Grant Number: 37372


Pennsylvania State University

417 Old Main
University Park, 16802-1505


Gary King
Project Director