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Table 1 The MAToC: items, response pattern and subscale of tobacco control

From: Measuring activities in tobacco control across the EU. The MAToC

Subscale internal consistencyA Item Response pattern
Taxing .566 1. Taxing cigarettes is used by the government as a tobacco control measure dichotomous
   2. At least some tobacco taxes are specifically used to help fund the health care system dichotomous
Smuggling   3. There is an effective strategy for combating smuggling of cigarettes dichotomous
Prevention .698 4. Smoking of cigarettes is not allowed to children/adolescents under a certain age Dichotomous
      4.a. These restrictions are effectively enforced 5-point Likert scale
   5. Sale of cigarettes is not allowed to children/adolescents under a certain age Dichotomous
      5.a. These restrictions are effectively enforced 5-point Likert scale
   6. Education on the dangers of tobacco use are part of the school curriculum 5-point Likert scale
Product Control .609 7. Health Warnings must be displayed on cigarette packs dichotomous
   8. Tar and Nicotine yields of cigarettes must be displayed on the packets dichotomous
   9. There are restrictions on the tar and nicotine yields of cigarettes dichotomous
Smoking Cessation .442 10. Smokers have ready access to effective help with smoking 5-point Likert scale
   11. Efforts are made to encourage people to use effective smoking cessation treatment 5-point Likert scale
   12. There are systems to try to ensure the quality of treatment services aimed at helping smokers to stop 5-point Likert scale
   13. It is expensive for smokers to obtain treatment to help them stop smoking 5-point Likert scale
Protection from ETS .843 14. – 18.e. There are effective restrictions on smoking in: (5 separate items) Schools, Worksites, Public places, Hospitals, Bars 5-point Likert scale
Media Support .698 19. Advertising campaigns regularly appear in the media of dangers of smoking 5-point Likert scale
   20. The media give adequate publicity to the health effects of smoking 5-point Likert scale
   21. The media support the anti-smoking agenda 5-point Likert scale
Health Care System .887 22. Doctors support the anti-smoking agenda 5-point Likert scale
   23. Nurses support the anti-smoking agenda 5-point Likert scale
Research .787 24. Tobacco control initiatives are well funded 5-point Likert scale
   25. Research aimed at reducing smoking is well funded 5-point Likert scale
   26. There are many tobacco researchers in my country 5-point Likert scale
Politics .683 27. There is an explicit tobacco control strategy 5-point Likert scale
   28. The government is strongly anti-smoking 5-point Likert scale
Population .629 29. Compliance with tobacco regulations is good 5-point Likert scale
   30. There is a strong anti smoking ethos 5-point Likert scale
  1. Dichotomous = Yes/No/Don't know; Agreement from 1 "not at all" to 5 "absolutely", A = Cronbach's Alpha