The Poll Results Are In!
Attitudes toward Smoking in Public Places – Evansville, Indiana
Author: Survey Research Center at IUPUI, School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis
Smoke Free Communities commissioned a public opinion survey from the Survey Research Center at IUPUI. The public opinion survey was conducted in Evansville, Indiana for the purpose of assessing public opinion about smoking and secondhand smoke and gauging the public’s support for a recently enacted law requiring smoke free public places.
Sample Description: N = 601, representative of adults in Evansville with a margin of error no greater than +/- 3.9% (87% white, 38% had a college degree or higher, 20% were current smokers)
Public Support for Smoke Free Workplaces
Nearly three-quarters of adults in Evansville favored the smoke free air law which includes workplaces, restaurants, bars and clubs.
58% of Evansville adults said they continue to go out as often as before the smoke free air law was implemented; 26% said they go out more often; and just 15% said they go out less often.
89% of Evansville adults agreed that restaurants, bars and other workplaces are healthier for customers and employees after the implementation of the smoke free air law.
68% of current smokers agree
Right to Breathe Smoke Free Air
When asked about restaurants, bars, casinos and other public places, 89% of adults in Evansville felt that the rights of those who wish to breathe smoke free air take precedence over those who wish to smoke indoors.
66% of respondents felt that exposure to secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard.
The vast majority of Evansville adults (86% overall), including current smokers (66%), felt that all Evansville workers, including casino workers, should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in their workplaces.
Public Support for Strengthening the Law
The majority of adults in Evansville favored amending the smoke free air law to include casinos.
Nearly 50% of Evansville adults favored amending the smoke free air law to include electronic cigarettes. 9% of respondents felt they didn’t know enough about e-cigarettes.
As in other similar surveys throughout Indiana, there is a strong recognition by the public in Evansville, IN of the hazards of secondhand smoke. The majority of adults in Evansville favor the smoke free air law which was enacted on April 1, 2012. The vast majority report that their patronage at bars and restaurants has either stayed the same or increased since the law took effect. Data are unclear about whether Evansville adults would support strengthening the ordinance to include electronic cigarettes. However, data do indicate that Evansville residents would favor strengthening the ordinance to include casinos.