In March 2007 the Center commissioned the polling firm Goodwin Simon Victoria Research to conduct a telephone survey of voters living in Calabasas, California. The purpose of the study was to evaluate voter reaction to the city’s pioneering law to prohibit smoking in most outdoor areas. The survey was timed to mark the one-year anniversary of passage of the law in March 2006.
The survey shows that one year after Calabasas City Council unanimously passed the most comprehensive secondhand smoke control ordinance in the nation, voters strongly support the ordinance. The survey asked voters their opinions about the law, how the law is being enforced and whether the City should strengthen the ordinance to protect tenants inside their apartments from drifting secondhand smoke.