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.
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.
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.
I SMOKED FOR 37 YEARS AND QUIT 15 YEARS AGO.
LIVE AND LET LIVE.
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...
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.
I quit smoking and still don't care if people smoke
Can't stand perfume in restaurants or little kids
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
Marijuana - Illegal
If we're going to continue with nonsensical laws in this country let's at least be consistent
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