November 16, 2016
Source: Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development
“This has worked better and faster than we ever imagined. Almost better and faster than we can manage at times…”
The Tobacco 21 movement in the Kansas City metropolitan area unfolded in a unique way, characterized by widespread rapid uptake and the use of non-traditional partnerships. The Kansas City metropolitan area is the first among its peers to begin adoption of Tobacco 21 policies. In addition, the rapid and widespread uptake of Tobacco 21 policies across more that 62% of the metro’s population presents an opportunity to better understand the factors and processes that contributed to this unique unfolding of adoption. The purpose of the study described in this report was to use key informant interview to identify factors that supported or detracted from implementation of Tobacco 21 policies.