Poll shows Sask. residents want further restrictions on public smoking – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

With no changes made to the provincial tobacco legislation since 2009, advocates say Saskatchewan is falling behind the rest of Canada when it comes to protecting and educating its residents.

The call for action from the Canadian Cancer Society and the Saskatchewan Lung Association comes during National Non-Smoking Week and was released alongside results of a poll the organizations commissioned showing massive support within Saskatchewan for measures to reduce smoking and provide legislation for where tobacco products can be sold and used. 

Of the residents polled, 88 per cent supported the idea that tax revenue from tobacco sales be funnelled toward education, prevention and enforcement. Seventy per cent also supported raising the legal purchasing age to 21 from 18. Residents also support legislation banning smoking on restaurant patios (75 per cent,) at public gatherings on municipal property (81 per cent,) on sports fields (84 per cent) and on children’s playgrounds (94 per cent.) The poll was conducted in Sept. 2017 and surveyed 505 Sask. residents online. It had a margin of error of plus or minus five per

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