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Press Release
September 13, 2007

Survey Shows Fair Patrons Favor Smoking Ban

Health officials deem secondhand smoke a public nuisance and a health hazard

(Ogden, UT) Results of a Weber-Morgan Health Department survey taken at last month’s Weber County Fair show there is significant public support for banning all forms of tobacco from public parks and outdoor facilities, health educators say.

Of the 583 survey participants, 60 percent said they wanted a total tobacco ban at all outdoor venues, 29 percent approved of designated smoking areas and eight percent want only smoking products banned. Three percent favored no restrictions at all.

The survey was taken over all four days of the fair, August 8-11.

“Given that the Weber-Morgan health district has one of the highest smoking rates in the state, the results were encouraging,” says Anna Guymon, health educator with the Weber-Morgan Health Department. “We hope our city and county leaders will see that the public is interested in protecting themselves from secondhand smoke.”

A majority of survey participants indicated they believe secondhand smoke is irritating and leads to health problems. The volunteer survey participants included 410 women and 173 men over the age of 12. Eleven percent of those surveyed said they currently use tobacco products.

“Even the smokers who took the survey agreed that secondhand smoke is bad for you,” Guymon says.

Weber-Morgan Heath Department educators plan to continue the survey at many Ogden-area community events. They will be presenting the results at local city and county government meetings in an effort to encourage elected officials to enact tobacco policies at parks and outdoor facilities, including the county fair.