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Tobacco and Smoking

Trend: Have you, yourself, smoked any cigarettes in the past week?

Trend: Have you, yourself, smoked any cigarettes in the past week?

Trend: About how many cigarettes do you smoke each day?

Trend: All things considered, would you like to give up smoking, or not?

Trend: Did you, yourself, ever smoke cigarettes on a regular basis?

How many different times in your life, if any, have you made serious attempts to quit smoking? Asked of smokers

How many different times in your life did you make serious attempts to quit smoking? Asked of former smokers

Trend: In general, how harmful do you feel secondhand smoke is to adults -- very harmful, somewhat harmful, not too harmful, or not at all harmful?

Trend: In general, how harmful do you feel smoking is to adults who smoke?

Trend: Should smoking in this country be made totally illegal, or not?

Trend: Should smoking in all public places be made totally illegal, or not?

Trend: If you had to do it over again, would you start smoking, or not?

Trend: Which of the following statements better describes your view toward people who smoke: You are unsympathetic toward smokers because they continue to smoke even when they know it's harmful to their health and the health of those around them, or you are sympathetic toward smokers because they are addicted, and you understand that it is difficult to stop even if they want to?

As a result of increased restrictions on smoking in public places, do you feel unjustly discriminated against as a smoker, or do you think the restrictions are justified?

Trend: Would you say you, personally, are smoking less because of these restrictions, or not?

As a result of increased taxes on cigarettes, do you feel unjustly discriminated against as a smoker, or do you think the tax increases are justified?

Trend: Would you say you, personally, are smoking less because of these tax increases, or not?

How often do you worry about your smoking?

Trend: Has smoking ever been a cause of serious health problems in your family?

Trend: Do you think it would be justified or unjustified to set higher health insurance rates for people who smoke?

Trend: Do you think companies should be allowed to refuse to hire people just because they smoke, or not?

Trend: At what age did you begin smoking?

Trend: Do you consider yourself addicted to cigarettes, or not?

What were some of the major reasons or factors that caused you to quit smoking? Asked of former smokers

What strategies or methods for quitting smoking were the most effective for you?

Thinking now about your family and closest friends, how many of them -- smoke -- many, some, only a few, or none?


Trend: How serious a problem do you think cigarettes are to society?

Hiow important is it to have federal government programs that address health risks associated with ... smoking?

All in all, does the fact that a person smokes make you respect them more, respect them less, or does it make no difference to you?

Respect
person more

Respect
person less

Makes no
difference

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jul 7-10

1

25

74

1

2003 Jul 7-9

1

21

77

1

2001 Jul 19-22 ^

0

21

78

1

1994 Mar 11-13

0

14

85

1

1990 Jul 6-8

1

17

82

*

^ Asked of a half sample.

* Less than 0.5%


What is your opinion regarding smoking in public places? First, in [ITEMS A-C ROTATED, THEN ITEM D READ] -- should they SET ASIDE certain areas, should they totally BAN smoking, or should there be NO RESTRICTIONS on smoking? How about in … ?

Hotels & motels

Set aside
areas

Totally
ban

No
restrictions

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Jul 8-11

58

36

6

1

2007 Jul 12-15

59

34

6

1

2005 Jul 7-10

60

34

5

1

2003 Jul 7-9

68

25

6

1

2001 Jul 19-22

66

27

6

1

2000 Nov 13-15

65

28

7

*

1999 Sep 23-26

70

24

6

*

1994 Mar 11-13

68

20

10

2

1991 Oct 24-27

70

17

12

1

1990 Jul 6-8

73

18

8

1

1987 Jun

67

10

20

3

Workplaces

Set aside
areas

Totally
ban

No
restrictions

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Jul 8-11

52

44

4

1

2007 Jul 12-15

52

44

3

1

2005 Jul 7-10

56

41

2

1

2003 Jul 7-9

61

36

3

*

2001 Jul 19-22

58

38

3

1

2000 Nov 13-15

57

37

6

*

1999 Sep 23-26

61

34

4

1

1994 Mar 11-13

63

32

4

1

1991 Oct 24-27

67

24

8

1

1990 Jul 6-8

69

25

5

1

1987 Jun

70

17

11

2

Restaurants

Set aside
areas

Totally
ban

No
restrictions

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Jul 8-11

36

59

4

1

2007 Jul 12-15

42

54

3

1

2005 Jul 7-10

42

54

3

1

2003 Jul 7-9

52

45

3

*

2001 Jul 19-22

52

44

4

*

2000 Nov 13-15

48

47

5

*

1999 Sep 23-26

56

40

4

*

1994 Mar 11-13

57

38

4

1

1991 Oct 24-27

66

28

5

1

1990 Jul 6-8

66

30

4

--

1987 Jun

74

17

8

1

Bars

Set aside
areas

Totally
ban

No
restrictions

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Jul 8-11

43

31

23

2

2007 Jul 12-15

45

29

23

3

2005 Jul 7-10

40

29

28

3

2003 Jul 7-9

44

23

31

2

If you were in a position to hire someone for a job, and you learned that the person smoked, would it make you more likely to hire that person, less likely, or would it make no difference?

More
likely

Less
likely

No
difference

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Jul 8-11

1

24

74

1

2003 Jul 7-9

2

25

73

*

1994 Mar 11-13

1

20

78

1

1991 Oct 24-27

1

21

77

1

1990 Jul 5-8

1

24

73

2

* Less than 0.5%

Do you approve or disapprove of a new law that gives the federal government power to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2009 Jun 14-17

46%

52

2

Which of the following statements best describes your view of who's to blame for the health problems faced by smokers in this country? [ROTATE 1-4/4-1: 1) The tobacco companies are completely to blame, 2) The tobacco companies are mostly to blame, 3) Smokers are mostly to blame, 4) Smokers are completely to blame]?

Tobacco companies

Smokers

Com-
pletely
to blame

Mostly
to blame

Equally
to blame
(vol.)

Mostly
to blame

Com-
pletely
to blame

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2008 Jul 10-13

6

18

8

36

30

3

2007 Jul 12-15

7

24

9

32

24

3

2006 Jul 6-9

6

18

9

32

32

3

2005 Jul 7-10

7

19

9

34

30

1

2004 Jul 8-11

4

18

11

35

31

1

2003 Jul 7-9

6

19

7

37

30

1

2002 Jul 9-11

8

18

11

31

30

2

2001 Jul 19-22

6

19

12

33

28

2

2000 Nov 13-15

6

23

8

35

27

1

2000 Jul 14-16

6

20

14

29

30

1

1999 Sep 23-26

9

21

13

31

24

2

1997 May 6-7

5

20

10

38

26

1

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you consider the amount of taxes on a pack of cigarettes as -- [ROTATED: too high, about right, or too low]?

Too high

About right

Too low

No opinion

2005 Jul 7-10

33%

35

25

7

2004 Jul 8-11

35%

34

25

6

2002 Jul 9-11

40%

27

26

7

Which of the following statements concerning new tax increases on cigarettes do you agree with more -- [ROTATED: cigarette taxes should be raised by substantial amounts in order to discourage smoking (or) cigarette taxes should not be raised by substantial amounts because doing so would unfairly discriminate against smokers]?

[BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A]

Raised

Not
raised

Other
(vol.)

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Jul 7-10

48%

49

1

1

1

2002 Jul 9-11

46%

50

1

1

2

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Which of the following statements concerning new tax increases on cigarettes do you agree with more -- [ROTATED: cigarette taxes should be raised by substantial amounts in order to help state and local governments pay for the health costs related to smoking (or) cigarette taxes should not be raised by substantial amounts because doing so would unfairly discriminate against smokers]?

[BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B]


Raised

Not raised

Other
(vol.)

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Jul 7-10

53%

43

1

1

2

2002 Jul 9-11

55%

39

2

1

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Would you favor or oppose a ban on smoking in your state that would make it illegal to smoke in all workplaces, restaurants and bars?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2004 Jul 8-11

58%

40

2

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