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THE NATION SPEAKS! MAJORITY FAVORS SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC SPACES

July 15, 2011

Most Americans are speaking up in support of smoke-free public spaces. In a recent national telephone poll survey by Gallup, a New Jersey-based pollster, 59 percent of respondents supported a public ban on smoking. The result of the 2011 poll were based on a random sample of 1,016 people aged 18 and older from all 50 U.S. states and Washington DC.

A decade ago, Gallup performed a similar poll and found that only 39 percent were in favor of smoke-free public spaces. A 2007 Gallop polled showed similar results, with only 30 percent in favor. The 20 percent rise in favorability over just the last four years shows that the dedication and efforts of tobacco control groups are paying off.

“A majority of Americans now support the concept of a full smoking ban in all public places, marking a significant change from four years ago, when Gallup last measured this attitude,” the pollster said.

New York City, having passed legislation this year making all City Parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas smoke-free, is helping to lead the way in increasing the availability of smoke-free public spaces.

To read more about the results of this recent Gallop poll, click here.