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Gallup: For First Time, Majority in U.S. Supports Public Smoking Ban
Gallup ^ | 07/15/2011 | Frank Newport

Posted on 07/15/2011 10:43:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A majority of Americans (59%) support a ban on smoking in all public places for the first time since Gallup initially asked the question in 2001. At the same time, fewer than 2 in 10 support the idea of making smoking totally illegal in this country.

According to the American Lung Association, 27 states plus the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive smoke-free laws. A New York City law bans smoking in virtually all public places, including outdoor plazas and beaches.

When Gallup first asked about a ban on public smoking in 2001, 39% were in favor, an attitude that stayed roughly the same through 2007, the last time Gallup asked the question until this year's July 7-10 survey.

Americans are much less supportive of the idea of a Prohibition-like law that would make smoking totally illegal within the United States. Nineteen percent support that option, not much different from the 14% who favored making smoking illegal in 1990, when Gallup first asked the question.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gallup; poll; pufflist; smoking; smokingban


1 posted on 07/15/2011 10:43:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

59 percent of Americans are utter and complete morons. Nothing new about that.


2 posted on 07/15/2011 10:46:38 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Americans are much less supportive of the idea of a Prohibition-like law that would make smoking totally illegal within the United States.

Why?

The same thing is being supported via stealth.

If we are going to destroy personal freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution for the good of the whole, then someone should proudly put their name on it politically!

3 posted on 07/15/2011 10:48:10 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind

The American public voted for “The Divine One.”


4 posted on 07/15/2011 10:51:00 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...

The nice thing about banning cigarettes is that now less people smoke, that means that people live longer(unless they replace it with food and get diabetes and high blood pressure) and people living longer means ....entitlements (and medicaid) cost more, just what we need.

Smoking was banned in MD years ago, cant be within 50 feet of entrance of a public ( private business) building, BUT if we ‘like’ the same sex we got some new rights in exchange.


5 posted on 07/15/2011 10:53:55 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: SeekAndFind

If they can outlaw smokes, why can’t they outlaw “saggin”? :-/


6 posted on 07/15/2011 10:58:21 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: SeekAndFind

and how many of those favor legalizing marijuana?


7 posted on 07/15/2011 10:58:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: sickoflibs
The nice thing about banning cigarettes is that now less people smoke, that means that people live longer(unless they replace it with food and get diabetes and high blood pressure) and people living longer means ....entitlements (and medicaid) cost more, just what we need.

yep. more payouts with less revenue- people that quit smoking don't pay cigarette taxes.
8 posted on 07/15/2011 10:58:51 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: SeekAndFind

What took so long?


9 posted on 07/15/2011 10:59:36 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: sickoflibs

” Smoking was banned in MD years ago, cant be within 50 feet of entrance of a public ( private business) building, BUT if we ‘like’ the same sex we got some new rights in exchange.”

Sweet.................


10 posted on 07/15/2011 11:17:13 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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11 posted on 07/15/2011 11:18:40 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: newzjunkey
What took so long?

Propaganda often takes time to work.
12 posted on 07/15/2011 11:19:37 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't smoke, and I don't like to be around someone who is smoking. Nevertheless, if a bar or restaurant wants to cater to smokers, I'll simply take my business elsewhere.

I do think smoking should be banned in government buildings, schools, and other places where people have no choice but to be there.

13 posted on 07/15/2011 11:23:52 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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RE ” Smoking was banned in MD years ago, cant be within 50 feet of entrance of a public ( private business) building, BUT if we ‘like’ the same sex we got some new rights in exchange.”.... Sweet................."

I guess there are some similarities beween smoking and .... oh never mind LOL

14 posted on 07/15/2011 11:26:53 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: SeekAndFind

Carrie Nation is alive and well.


15 posted on 07/15/2011 11:27:12 AM PDT by Lexington Green (They govern without the consent of the governed.)
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To: JoeFromSidney
I don't smoke, and I don't like to be around someone who is smoking. Nevertheless, if a bar or restaurant wants to cater to smokers, I'll simply take my business elsewhere.
I do think smoking should be banned in government buildings, schools, and other places where people have no choice but to be there.

Bingo! I should not have to smell it, if I don't want to smell it, and I'm also in favor of steep fines for throwing butts on the ground, or out of the car window. Littering is littering.

16 posted on 07/15/2011 11:41:08 AM PDT by rivercat (Typed on my OSX-free MBP! Windows 7 (SP1) FTW!)
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To: SeekAndFind

We have become such a nation of whiny,nanny wusses. It’s sad.


17 posted on 07/15/2011 11:46:12 AM PDT by Horusra (The Democrat party is now the National Socialist party (nationalize the banks, socialize healthcare))
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t smoke and don’t enjoy being around it but I never fail to be astounded at the number of people who want to recreate East Germany within our borders.


18 posted on 07/15/2011 12:08:20 PM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only perverse aspect of this is that it is being presented as a potential federal matter. Let the people of each state decide.


19 posted on 07/15/2011 12:50:09 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Government borrowing is Taxation without Representation)
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To: SeekAndFind

... and the REASON for a US Constitution is because in a raw Democracy, the majority will always oppress the minority.

Hence the Constitutional Republic wisely provided us by our brilliant old white founding Fathers. That same Constitutional Republic the left needs to dismantle to implement hard communism. And they have the numbers of Sheeple to do it, too.


20 posted on 07/15/2011 12:56:13 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (SP12: They called Reagan "unelectable", too.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs
Sweet.................

please tell me you didnt type that with a lisp...8^}

21 posted on 07/15/2011 1:21:05 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: SeekAndFind

From my cold, dead, nicotine-stained hands!!!


22 posted on 07/15/2011 2:21:28 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: rivercat

I don’t want to have to smell your cologne or body odor in public.
If I smell ANYTHING emitting from you, I will demand money.


23 posted on 07/15/2011 2:41:02 PM PDT by clbiel (Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded.)
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To: Gilbo_3

ROTF!!


24 posted on 07/15/2011 5:26:43 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: clbiel
I don’t want to have to smell your cologne or body odor in public. If I smell ANYTHING emitting from you, I will demand money.

Be real. I'm not talking about the smell of a smoker, even though they stink, I'm talking about the smoke coming from the cigarette. You'd be fine if I sat outside your house or office window and burned bags of sh*t, right?

25 posted on 07/15/2011 6:09:39 PM PDT by rivercat (Typed on my OSX-free MBP! Windows 7 (SP1) FTW!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hardly anyone I know smokes. The few who do tend to be old. They’ll be dead soon.

One fellow does chaw though. I’d rather he smoked.


26 posted on 07/15/2011 11:08:20 PM PDT by tlb
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To: sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; GOPsterinMA
I guess there are some similarities beween smoking and .... oh never mind LOL

Haha. It is pretty effeminate if you ask me.

27 posted on 07/17/2011 8:16:41 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

;-)


28 posted on 07/17/2011 8:22:54 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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