Policy Adoption for Local Schools (PALS)

This program was started by UNC School of Medicine’s Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program. A random digit dial (RDD) probability sample of households was chosen in both the state of North Carolina and in Johnston County, the number one tobacco producing county without a 100 percent tobacco-free policy. The purpose of this study was to discover what people in North Carolina think about tobacco-free policies, so that state and local leaders can be aware of the opinions of the people they represent when considering such policies. The SRU completed 251 state surveys and 277 county surveys from smokers, non-smokers, and people whose lives depend on the tobacco industry in order to find out how they feel about a 100 percent tobacco-free policy in all N.C. school districts and eliminating smoking in all public enclosed areas. Finally, the SRU also produced a population weighted dataset for the client. The results from this study can be seen here.
Principal Investigator: Adam Goldstein, M.D.
UNC School of Medicine
Other Investigators: Shelley Summerlin-Long
UNC School of Medicine
SRU Investigators: William D. Kalsbeek, PhD
Robert Agans, PhD
Allison Deal and Hunter Faulkner, Research Assistants
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Substance Abuse Policy Research Program
Dates: April-May 2007