More Americans taking a stand against tobacco

July 15, 2011

A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans, about 59 percent, now support a public ban on smoking.

Researchers say that marks a significant change compared to attitudes four years ago. But the poll of more than 1,000 people finds only about 19 percent believe cigarette smoking should be illegal in the united states.

The survey also questioned Americans about their cigarette smoking habits. Twenty-two percent of adults reported have smoked cigarettes within the last week. That percentage has essentially remained unchanged over the past five years.

The poll was conducted July 7 through July 10.

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