Smoking Poll Released

Tulsa, OK – Poll shows support for smoking ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Supporters of further limits on smoking in public have released a new poll indicating most Oklahomans favor banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

The poll commissioned by the Smoke Free Oklahoma coalition found 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating indoor smoking in public places. It also found 94 percent of Oklahoma voters believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard.

Legislation to tighten smoking restrictions and eliminate smoking in bars and restaurants has died in the state Legislature this year.

Marilyn Davidson of the American Heart Association says the poll shows lawmakers that their constituents favor banning indoor smoking.

The poll was performed in late February by and surveyed 1,000 likely voters registered in the state. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.