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Manitobans want more smoke-free outdoor public places

Manitoba is clamping down on smoking in some public places but many people, according to a recent survey, feel it doesn't go far enough.
Manitoba is clamping down on smoking in some public places but many people, according to a recent survey, feel it doesn't go far enough. 1:57

Manitoba is clamping down on smoking in some public places but many people feel it doesn't go far enough.

According to the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance (MANTRA), which released results Friday from a recent survey, 67 per cent of Manitobans support extending the ban to outdoor patios of restaurants and bars.

That's an increase from 58 per cent in 2008. And 59 per cent don't want puffing at any outdoor public events, such as festivals.

Starting this year, anyone who lights up at beaches and playgrounds in provincial parks will be slapped with a $300 fine.

The majority of Manitobans want that extended to all beaches (65 per cent), public parks and green spaces (61 per cent), not just the provincial ones, according to the MANTRA survey results.

"Public smoking bans are not just about protecting people from SHS [second-hand smoke]. About three in four Manitoba smokers would like to quit and one effective way of supporting their quit attempts is to increase smoking bans in outdoor public places," states a news release from MANTRA.

"Research shows that when smoking bans are implemented, many smokers choose to quit or cut back." 

The poll was conducted by Prairie Research Associates in September 2013. In Manitoba, 800 residents, 18 years of age or older, were interviewed by telephone.

The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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