JEFFERSON CITY — More than 50,000 Missouri residents may be interviewed in the coming year as part of a statewide survey of tobacco use.
The Missouri Foundation for Health says the survey is a follow-up to one conducted in 2007. It's expected to provide a county-by-county comparison to gauge the health effects of any changes in tobacco use.
The foundation is providing $1.9 million for the survey. It's being conducted together with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the University of Missouri and ICF Macro International.
The 2007 survey found that nearly two-thirds of Missouri smokers said they intended to quit in the next six months and more than half of adults supported laws banning smoking in public work places, including restaurants and bars.