Widespread Support for Public Smoking Ban, Finds Gallup Poll


According to a Gallup poll conducted from July 1-11, 2018, 59 percent of Americans support a ban on smoking in public places, while 25 percent – 1 in 4 – support an outright smoking ban, saying smoking should be illegal in the United States. This latter figure is the highest percentage since the company began tracking public support for smoking bans almost 30 years ago in 1990.

Public smoking bans have grown more popular worldwide in recent years, and support for banning smoking in public places in the U.S. has been consistent since 2011, ranging from 55 percent to 59 percent overall, according to Gallup. This support is relatively steady across all demographics, with slightly higher numbers among women, older adults, college graduates, and those whose political views are moderate or liberal.

These results are based on a random sample of 1,033 adults over 18 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study involved 70 percent cellphone respondents and 30 percent landline respondents, and telephone numbers were selected using random-digit-dial methods.

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