More Americans want smoking banned entirely

A new poll shows that 22% of the country want the habit obliterated. That's up from 12% in 2007.

By Kim Peterson Jul 30, 2013 4:13PM
Pack of cigarettes (© Dan Brandenburg/Getty Images)More than one in five Americans want to ban smoking outright, a new Gallup poll shows.

About 22% of those surveyed say they want the habit to become completely illegal. That's a pretty large jump from 2007, when only 12% favored an across-the-board ban.

Who, exactly, is supporting the ban? It's not the stereotypical educated white yuppie who's downing chia seed smoothies between yoga classes.

Instead, the ones who really hate smoking are non-whites. A full 39% support a universal ban, compared with 15% of whites. And high school dropouts or those with only a high school diploma also support a ban, at 29% compared with 16% of college graduates.

That's particularly notable, Gallup says, because Americans with no college education are the ones most likely to smoke.

Here's another surprise: A full 9% of smokers want their habit to be made illegal. Either they have a thing for breaking the rules or they're so desperate to quit that they want the long arm of the law to help out.

What hasn't changed much is the large number of Americans who think that smoking and secondhand smoke will hurt you. About 82% think smoking is very harmful, while 13% think it's somewhat harmful. Only 4% say smoking is not harmful.

Lawmakers have responded to Americans' preferences, Gallup researchers note. Now, 28 states and the District of Columbia have laws against smoking in most public places, including restaurants and bars.

Cigarette companies have been dealing with declining U.S. sales for years. Health concerns play a part, to be sure, but also impacting sales are rising taxes, tougher smoking bans and a social stigma that comes with smoking, The Associated Press reports.

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Jul 30, 2013 4:50PM
That's good for those who do not smoke, but what about the ones that do smoke.  I do not smoke and do not understand why people do.  However, I do not think we live in a country like China or Russia etc. where there are no rights for the people.  If you do not like smoking or to be around someone who does smoke, then stay away.  They have rights just like you.
Jul 30, 2013 4:52PM
I do not smoke, but that is a slippery slope they are treading on...  Those same people that think this is a good idea and want to see it come to fruition will be bitching up a storm when they set out to ban wine or ban the privilege of driving or maybe ice cream or candy.   All of those things have been proven to cause death by some means (i.e. liver damage, drunk or even just careless driving, diabetes, obesity the list goes on & on).
Jul 30, 2013 5:02PM

Anybody remember what prohibition was all about?  It is getting to a point in this country where no one respects any others individual choices/rights, etc.  Why in the hell did I serve in the military, when my individual freedoms are being slowly eroded by those who feel it is their responsibility to tell me what to do.  This country has been headed down the wrong path for a long time.  I am so tired of the poorly written articles. This shows some low statistics.  22% out of 100 is low.  That is a minority figure.

People need to get a life and quit acting like big brother, and be personally responsible for their own actions and not others.

Jul 30, 2013 4:48PM
How well did the ban on alcohol go in the 1920s?  I'd expect about the same results in a full smoking ban.
Jul 30, 2013 4:40PM
NO smoking no tax money! won't happen.
Jul 30, 2013 4:52PM
And 52% of Americans want pot legal at the federal level, and I don't see that happening too soon.It's not about what the people's about who pays our elected officals more.
Jul 30, 2013 4:51PM





Jul 30, 2013 5:01PM

Ban cigs - they can kill you

ban sugary foods - they can kill you

ban fast food - it can kill you

Ban alcohol - it can kill you

ban cars - they can kill you

ban swimming pools - they can kill you

ban airplanes - they can kill you

Ban gay sex - it can kill you

Ban straight sex - it can kill you

so when / where should we stop...

Jul 30, 2013 4:58PM

To ban smoking is to to do the same for people who drinks alcohol. I am not a smoker, if someone wants to smoke in

the confinement of their so be it. That their rights and not yours.

Jul 30, 2013 4:56PM
People worry about people smoking but not the thousands of other chemicals and bad things that our government let us use, we have no right to tell someone how to live , do they do that with obese people? 
Jul 30, 2013 5:03PM

I quit smoking and still don't care if people smoke

Can't stand perfume in restaurants or little kids

 Ban that!!!

Jul 30, 2013 5:00PM
I supported smoking bans in enclosed indoor spaces (bars/restaurants), but in outdoor areas or in their own homes or a straight up is govt overreach, just like that stupid NY Big Gulp Ban and no I'm not a smoker.
Jul 30, 2013 4:55PM
A disgusting habit no doubt, but this is still a free country isn't it and 22% is far from a majority, but then again, dummacraps never let something as trivial as a majority get in their way!
Jul 30, 2013 4:54PM
Really? 1 in 5 want it banned according to poll?  No one ever asks me!  Next will be chocolate.
Jul 30, 2013 4:59PM

one has to stop telling others what to do

if others don't hurt you

its none of your bisness period

get your own life and stick to your morals

you are not mom and dad of everyone

and if you are you suck at it

and yes I don't smoke

Jul 30, 2013 4:51PM
Cigarettes - Legal
Marijuana - Illegal

If we're going to continue with nonsensical laws in this country let's at least be consistent

Jul 30, 2013 5:13PM
How about We The People Ban our corrupt Government from minding our business. One of the biggest problems in our country now a days is people sticking their nose in others peoples business.
Jul 30, 2013 4:52PM
While they are at it, ban anything with Caffeine, and all booze.
Jul 30, 2013 4:57PM
Stick it America your not going to stop me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 30, 2013 4:50PM
I would bet money that the majority of the 22% smoke pot and/or drink like a fish.  I bet 100% of those are libs.
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