Advocates Say Indianapolis Residents Favor Smoking Ban

by Gabe Bullard on July 21, 2010

Anti-smoking advocates are touting the results of a new poll conducted in Indianapolis which they say makes it clear that most residents want a comprehensive smoking ban.

According to the poll, 70 percent of Indianapolis residents support a smoking ban. The survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, and pollster Patrick Lanne says the results are similar to those of a statewide poll conducted last year.

“It was very similar numbers in that we saw a pretty solid majority who supported the law and lots of intensity behind it and really an issue that cut across all the key sub-groups in the survey, says Lonnie.

Director of Advocacy for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Kevin O’Flaherty says he hopes the poll will convince Indianapolis officials to pass a smoking ban, which may then spread to the rest of the state.

“The state passes a law after the state’s largest city passes a law,” says O’Flaherty. “Often times, the state’s largest city passing a good, strong ban is the impetus for getting the state to take action–other communities see it, businesses want a level playing field for a variety of reasons.”

A comprehensive statewide smoking ban died in the General Assembly earlier this year.

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Bruce Fox July 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

Indianapolis has a Smoking Ban, a reasonable ban that allows the owner of a hospitality business to decide to allow smoking or not. Most of the surrounding areas have comprehensive smoking bans. Therefore the 70% have about 95% of the market covered.

100% exhale, only smokers leave a trail that can be followed for seconds after each.

GET A LIFE PEOPLE.

Alice July 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Only smokers have BO that makes asthma attacks happen. Tobacco is one kind of BO that makes other people lose their appetite. Does a business really want me to give up eating there because I can’t stand the smell of the other patrons?

Pam July 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

Most citizens have failed to figure out that this type of ban – tobacco – is only a test and first step to banning a wide variety of things; i.e. soda, alcohol, fast-food, and almost anything that someone may like! Not to mention that your personal freedoms are soon to be taken away – especially in light of the new healthcare reform!

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