The conclusions of an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll focused on smoking and tobacco products legality were released on August 18th, 2010. The on-line survey is based on 1.000 Canadian, 1.013 American and 2.023 British adults.
A third of Americans (33%) report smoking frequently or occasionally, compared to 30 per cent of Britons and 21 per cent of Canadians.
Respondents in the three countries were asked whether they agree or disagree with five laws that regulate smoking and cigarette sales under specific circumstances. At least two thirds of respondents in the three countries support banning smoking in indoor public spaces and workplaces (CAN 93%, USA 82%, UK 84%), banning smoking in a vehicle when a child or teenager is present (CAN 87%, USA 70%, UK 81%), and banning smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos (CAN 83%, USA 66%, UK 79%).
The verdict is not as overwhelming on two other laws. While 75 per cent of Canadians agree with banning cigarette sales in all stores containing a pharmacy or chemist, the proportion drops to 63 per cent in Britain and 43 per cent in the US. Also, 86 per cent of Canadians support banning cigarette sales in all post-secondary institutions, compared to 64 per cent of Britons and 47 per cent of Americans.
More than four-in-five Americans (91%), Canadians (88%) and Britons (88%) agree with printing hazard warnings on al tobacco packaging. At least two thirds also support banning tobacco advertising on radio and television (CAN 82%, USA 67%, UK 79%) and banning commercial displays of tobacco visible to people under the age of 19 (CAN 78%, USA 68%, UK 78%). However, only two-thirds of Britons (68%) and Canadians (65%) along with more than half of Americans (55%) would support banning tobacco companies from directly sponsoring events or conducting promotional giveaways.
Half of respondents in the three countries (CAN 53%, USA 52%, UK 51%) think images of people smoking cigarettes should not be banned from appearing on films and television.
A majority of respondents oppose making smoking illegal in their respective countries (CAN 57%, USA 61%, UK 54%).
In Canada, support for making smoking illegal is lowest in British Columbia (30%) and highest in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (44%). Canadians aged 18 to 34 (40%) and 35 to 54 (38%) are more likely to call for smoking to be illegal than those over the age of 55 (33%).
Courtesy of Angus Reid Public Opinion