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Arch Iran Med. 2015;18(12): 0-0.
PMID: 26621018
Scopus ID: 84948945589
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Key Policy Makers' Awareness of Tobacco Taxation Effectiveness through a Sensitization Program

Gholamreza Heydari, Arezoo Ebn Ahmady * , Harry A Lando, Fahimeh Chamyani, Mohammadreza Masjedi, Mohammad B Shadmehr, Lida Fadaizadeh

Abstract

The implementation of 5 of the 6 WHO MPOWER program in Iran is satisfactory; the only notable shortcoming is the lack of tobacco taxation increases.  

This study was designed to increase key policy makers' awareness of tobacco taxation effectiveness through a sensitization program in Iran.
This analytical and semi-experimental study in 2014 included 110 tobacco control key policy makers, who were trained and received educational materials on the importance of tobacco taxation. A valid and reliable questionnaire was completed before and three months after intervention. Data were analyzed using mean (SD), t-Test and analysis of variance.  
The mean (SD) scores at pre- and post-test were 2.7 ± 3 and 8.8 ± 1 out of 10, respectively.  Paired t-tests demonstrated a significant difference in the pre- post-test knowledge scores. 
Increasing knowledge and promoting favorable attitudes of policy makers can lead to greater attention which could in turn change tobacco taxation policies.
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