Impact of the Master Settlement Agreement on Smoking Prevalence Within Social Groups




Mantey, Dale

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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.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2014.


tobacco control, public health, public policy, regression analysis, health policy, Public Administration


Mantey, D. (2014). Impact of the master settlement agreement on smoking prevalence within social groups. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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