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Poll: Ohioans Say Smoke-Free Law is a “Breath of Fresh Air”

November 16, 2007

Columbus, OH – Yes, it really is a breath of fresh air. In the year since the state's "Smoke-Free Workplace" law was passed, it's seen a big increase in support, according to a poll released yesterday. The law passed with 58 percent of the vote last November, and in the poll conducted this month, 80 percent of Ohioans are now in favor of it. Tracy Sabetta with the American Cancer Society in Ohio says Ohioans are enjoying the clean indoor air at their favorite bars and restaurants.

"This is a tremendous increase in the level of support. Now that Ohio has been smoke-free for a year, Ohioans have had the opportunity to enjoy those smoke-free public places."

Sabetta says the poll also found that most people are more willing to spend more time at public places now that they're smoke-free.

"We know that Ohioans are going to restaurants more often as result of the law. They're going to bars more often, they're going to bowling alleys more often. They're spending more time having fun with their family and friends without the smoke."

She adds bar and restaurant owners seem to have come around, too. There's also been an increase in compliance with the law, with fewer violations reported. The poll included 600 Ohioans and was conducted by Midwest Communications and Media.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH