Mar. 28 2004
Washington, DC - By a margin of 75 percent to 24 percent, New York voters support the City's smoke-free workplace law, according to a new poll released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – a five-point increase in popularity since August 2003 (see complete poll results). The survey comes one year after Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council passed the landmark legislation.
"One year after the smoke-free workplace law went into effect, it's more popular than ever," said William V. Corr, Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "The law is more popular than a Coney Island frank and a corn beef sandwich – and healthier too. New Yorkers want to be able to go to bars and restaurants without putting their health at risk and that's why this law has more support than the Yankees, even with A-Rod."
Key findings include:
The smoke-free workplace law went into effect in New York City on March 30, 2003. Supported by the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association of the City of New York and the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, the law requires a smoke-free environment in nearly all workplaces, bars and restaurants where employees were previously exposed to the 69 carcinogens in secondhand smoke.
The survey of 500 registered voters throughout New York City was conducted from 3/21-3/22 by Global Strategy Group. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.
* Denotes caution due to a small sample size in Staten Island