Smoking Ban Support Increases in US

In a recent article on the Web site, Gallup Wellbeing, by Andrew Dugan, based on the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey that interviews a random sample of 2,027 adults, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia by telephone that was conducted July 10-14, 2013, it was found that 22% of respondents say that they would support a complete smoking ban today, up from 12% in 2007. Additionally, this article reports that 55% of respondents support a smoking ban in all public places.

Though support is growing, the percentage of Americans wanting to ban smoking entirely remains relatively low. Nonwhites (39%) back a complete smoking ban and those with no more than a high school diploma (29%) are more likely than those with more education to say they want to make smoking illegal. In a previous survey, it was found that respondents with no college education were generally the most likely to smoke.  Not surprisingly, less than 10% of smokers support the ban and only 12% of Midwesterners compared to 25% of respondents in other regions of the country are supportive of the ban. Republicans support (19%) mostly aligns with the overall support of the ban while Democrats support (26%) is slightly higher. 

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Sue Hodge

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