Impact of the Master Settlement Agreement on Smoking Prevalence Within Social Groups
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Purpose: The purpose of this research project is to explain the impact of the Master Settlement Agreement on smoking prevalence. Methods: Data was collected from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for the years 1987 - 2009. This research uses an interrupted time-series with comparison groups design. Results: The results show a limited difference in impact from the Master Settlement Agreement on smoking prevalence when comparing social groups and geographic regions. Conclusion: The Master Settlement Agreement did not generate the changes expected of a landmark shift in public policy. Groups with the greatest risk of smoking exposure appear to not have been particularly impacted by the Master Settlement Agreement.