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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

versão impressa ISSN 2224-6193versão On-line ISSN 2307-3349


RAMALHO, Rodrigo; SAMUDIO, Claudia Raquel; MARTINEZ, Federico Javier González  e  DIAZ-REISSNER, Clarisse. Public support in Paraguay for tobacco control policies. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.2, pp.11-16. ISSN 2307-3349.


In Paraguay, tobacco smoking’s negative impact demands the adoption of all available measures to reduce that impact. The presence or not of public support could potentially influence the adoption these measures.


To determine the presence of public support to tobacco control policies.


The present was a cross-sectional descriptive study that used an online survey to assess public support to 13 tobacco control policies using a Likert-type scale from 1 to 5 (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree).


There were 502 participants, 67.73% of which were women, 87.65% had completed studies at a tertiary level, and 63,75% were non-smokers. Measures that the most support were banning smoking from public transport (98,01%) and from public buildings (93,63%), banning tobacco sales to people under the age of 18 (96,81%), and issuing a fine to those who do it (96,22%), and raising tobacco taxes either to support for the health care expenditure attributable to smoking (94,02%) or to reduce the prevalence of smoking (90,64%). Measures that received the least support were banning tobacco advertisement in points of sale (56,97%) and banning tobacco display on points of sale (51%).


All 13 tobacco control policies assessed in the present study received the majority of support from all participants. We recommend the adoption and enforcement of these measures.

Palavras-chave : Smoking; Smoking Prevention; Public Policy; Control and Sanitary Supervision of Tobacco-Derived Products; Paraguay.

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