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Canadians Support Restrictions on Smoking on Patios and in Parks

According to a new national survey from Ottawa-based Abacus Data, a majority of Canadians back restrictions on smoking on patios before 8pm and in parks and public beaches.

Nationally, 61% of Canadians surveyed said they either strongly (47%) or somewhat (14%) support a law that would restrict smoking on outdoor patios before 8pm while 25% opposed the proposed measure.

Similarly, 58% of Canadians said they either strongly (44%) or somewhat (14%) support a law that would restrict smoking in all public parks and beaches while 30% opposed the idea.

“There is a large segment of the Canadian population that would strongly support a law in their community to limit smoking on outdoor patios and in parks and beaches,” said David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.  “Support is consistent among men and women, among all age groups, and even between urban and rural residents.”

Regionally, support for such restrictions is highest in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, BC, Atlantic Canada, and Ontario while lowest in Quebec and Alberta.

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Between August 12 and 15, 2011 Abacus Data Inc. conducted an online survey among 1,003 randomly selected Canadian adults from an online panel of over 150,000 Canadians. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is comparable to +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

Results of the survey were statistically weighted by gender, age, region, and education using census data from Statistics Canada and by past vote using Elections Canada results from the 2011 General Election. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

For more information about the survey findings, please contact Dr. David Coletto, CEO Abacus Data Inc. at (613) 884-4730 or david@abacusdata.ca