Survey Reflects Strong Support For Expanded Smoking Ban

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The American Cancer Society is out with a study reflecting how St. Louis County residents feels about an expanded smoking ban.

“Seventy-two percent would favor a law that prohibits smoking in all indoor public places, including all workplaces, offices, bars and casinos,” said Nathan Henry with the Mellman Group, which conducted the phone survey of 400 likely voters last month.

He adds nearly two-thirds of respondents “strongly favor” an expanded no smoking law in the county.

The “Indoor Clean Air Code” took effect last January 1st, but it contains various exemptions for some casinos, bars, and bowling alleys.

Stacy Reliford with the St. Louis office of the American Cancer Society applauded the results of the study, which showed only 25% of those asked would oppose a stronger smoking ban.

“I think it proves that St. Louis County voters know that their county isn’t entirely smoke-free yet and that they want a stronger law,” Reliford said.

On hand for Wednesday’s public release of the study was former county council chair Barbara Fraser, who now heads up the Tobacco-Free St. Louis Coalition.

“We’ve got 99% of the indoor places smoke-free,” Fraser told KMOX News.  “But I think we’ve got to move forward on that small, other percentage of bars and casinos that are still exempted.”

Should already-harried smokers feel like they’re being marginalized into extinction?

“There are lots of things we can’t do in public, and there’s a lot of things we can’t do in indoor spaces,” Fraser replied.  “This (second-hand smoke) is truly a health hazard.”




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  • Bob

    It’s amazing that every “survey” conducted over the last several years in many communities aroud the nation have been identical. All they do is change the location.

  • Bill Hannegan

    I am disappointed that the Mellman group was chosen to conduct your phone survey. In its website self-description, the Mellman group reveals itself to be more of a PR/advocacy firm than a neutral research group! They make this promise to paying clients like the American Cancer Society:

    “Whether winning for you means getting more votes than your opponent, selling more product, changing public policy, raising more money or generating more activism, The Mellman Group transforms data into winning strategies.”

    I have to wonder if the “win at all costs” philosophy of the Mellman group led to some bias in the questions asked or the selection of those called. Perhaps the ACS could release the survey in order to resolve any doubt.

  • Bob

    The ACS spends most of your doantions for “surveys” and lobbyists. They have become nothing but a tax exempt political action committee.

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