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Assessing Compliance with Smoke-free Laws

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2014 - 2nd ed

The Union, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This guide promotes best practice for conducting studies of compliance with smoke-free laws, including the rationale for doing or not doing a study, the knowledge and resources needed, and how to design the study and effectively disseminate the results. For those with research training and experience, the guide will provide useful insights into the particular issues involved in researching compliance with smoke-free laws. For those with less experience or training in research, the guide provides detailed guidance to help design a study that effectively and reliably assesses compliance.

Recommendations in the guide are based on experience from other jurisdictions and on best practice when available. However, the approach will need to be adapted to factors specific to each context, and should be done in consultation with people who are knowledgeable about the jurisdiction and the smoke-free law under review, and who have research experience and/or training.