NYC Most Likely to Say Public Smoking is an Issue

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Many states and cities have created regulations about where people can smoke cigarettes, and an increasing number of states are beginning to create rules around where people can and can’t vape as well. The city most likely to say that smoking and vaping in public areas is a problem is New York City, where people are almost evenly divided: 46% say it’s a problem while 49% say it’s not.

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Majorities in nearly all of the designated market areas were more likely to say it isn’t a problem. About four in ten people in Denver (40%), Miami (40%), Los Angeles (39%), San Francisco (39%) and Houston (39%) tend to say that it is a problem in their city.

The city least likely to say smoking/vaping in public is “a serious problem” or “somewhat of a problem” was Detroit, where 22% say it’s an issue and 62% say it’s not. However, the city most likely to actively say that public smoking/vaping is “not a problem” or “not much of a problem” is Minneapolis, where two-thirds (66%) of residents chose these options. Similarly, only 23% of Cleveland residents say it’s an issue in their city, while 65% say that it’s not.

The respondents surveyed in this YouGov Citybus study reside in the following Designated Market Areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas – Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami – Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis – Saint Paul, New York, Orlando – Daytona Beach Melbourne, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland – Oregon, San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, Seattle – Tacoma, Tampa – Saint Petersburg, Washington DC.

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