Secondhand Smoke in Outdoor Areas: California Voters 2018

In July 2018, the American Lung Association’s Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing commissioned a survey of over 800 California voters, including an oversample of voters from rural communities, to assess their views about secondhand smoke and to gauge their level of support for reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. This comprehensive survey asked questions about attitudes surround secondhand smoke, restricting smoking in outdoor and dining areas, and secondhand smoke from emerging tobacco products. Results show that California voters understand the harms of secondhand smoke:

  • 96% Believe that secondhand smoke is harmful to those who inhale it
  • 91% Believe that secondhand smoke is harmful to those who inhale it in outdoor areas
  • 72% Support a comprehensive ban on outdoor smoking in all areas accessible to the public except for designated smoking areas