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New Survey Finds Majority of Minnesotans Support a Strong Statewide Smoke-Free Law

Publication Date: 1/18/2007
  • Author:ClearWay Minnesota(SM); American Cancer Society
  • Publication:PR Newswire

Smoke-free Day at the Capitol will rally support for passage of statewide law

A new survey released today by the American Cancer Society and ClearWay Minnesota(SM) found that 69 percent of Minnesotans support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law that includes bars and restaurants. The survey also provides evidence that going smoke-free is broadly supported by Minnesotans from all leading demographics; similar responses were given regardless of geography, political and ideological affiliation, income, age and gender. The survey was conducted by Minneapolis research firm Decision Resources, Ltd. "It doesn't matter where you live or who you voted for in November. The overwhelming majority of Minnesotans understand the health dangers of secondhand smoke," said Nancy Tyra Lukens, American Cancer Society Board Member. "Every Minnesotan -- and every worker -- deserves protection from the cancer-causing chemicals found in secondhand smoke. This survey clearly says Minnesotans are ready for a statewide smoke-free law that will protect everyone's right to breathe clean air."...

On January 30, 2007, hundreds of smoke-free advocates will come to the capitol for the Smoke-Free Minnesota Day at the Capitol. Advocates will hear from Dr. Dileep Bal, the architect of California's ground-breaking statewide smoke-free law, and then meet with legislators to discuss the importance of passing a strong statewide smoke-free law this year. This event represents an unprecedented effort and partnership among health plans, nonprofits and businesses to advance smoke-free legislation in Minnesota.