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Thu October 19, 2006
Poll: A Majority Favors State Smoking Ban
By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – A new poll shows indicates that most Wyoming voters might support a state-wide smoking ban. The Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Casper Star-Tribune found that 57 percent of those surveyed are in favor of a state-wide smoking ban in public places. That includes work places, restaurants and bars. Thirty-seven percent opposed the ban, with six percent undecided. The pollsters called 625 likely voters and the poll's margin of error is plus-or-minus four percentage points. John Hastert is a state representative from Sweetwater County who has been a supporter of anti-smoking measures in the past. He says he's not surprised that most people polled would like to see the end of smoking in public.
"I think the majority of the people are non-smokers and a lot of people prefer to go out into an environment that does not have, or contain second-hand smoke," Hastert said.
Still, Hastert says he does not support a state-wide smoking ban. Instead, he would like to see more towns and cities take the lead to ban smoking first. Both Laramie and Cheyenne have passed smoking bans in the last two years.