Smoking Rates Remain High in Southern Tier, but Attitudes are Changing
The Chemung County Board of Health looked over a new survey Tuesday night. It showed that 85.8% of people in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties favor restricting or banning smoking around building entryways. That includes 66.2% of current smokers. The survey was conducted by the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Community Partnership, which surveyed 1200 people in the three counties.
Board of Health said even though attitudes are changing, they're trying
to reduce smoking, especially in Steuben and Chemung counties. One in
four people in
"We need to educate from the economic point of view,” said Thomas Kump of the Chemung County Department of Health. “Tell people, ‘look at all the other types of things you could do with the money If you didn't spend it on tobacco.’ And another thing I think will see in the future is more restrictions on where you can and cannot smoke."
to research given out by the state, in the three and a half years after
the indoor smoking ban took effect, 15% fewer people than expected in
Wednesday will mark ten years since the Clean Indoor Air Act was enacted.