In a recent DataPath survey of 300 randomly selected Yukon households, the support for the Whitehorse smoking ban was four to one in favour. Overall, 87% of Yukoners responded they were aware “that the city of Whitehorse proposes to ban smoking in all public places where minors are allowed”. Among those aware of the proposal, 80% supported it.
Both awareness of the proposal and support for it was greater in Whitehorse than in the communities. Among Whitehorse residents 91% were aware of it (compared to 78% awareness levels in the communities), and among those aware in Whitehorse, 81% supported it (compared to 76% in the communities).
While gender made no difference in the level of support, both age and the presence of children in the household did play a role. The older the respondent the more likely they were to support the ban. Among those under the age of 36 support was at 77%, this increased slightly to 79% for those between 36 and 55, and jumped to 88% among those over the age 55. In addition, 77% of those without children at home supported the ban, compared to 82% for those with children.
One other factor influencing support is employment in government vs. the private sector. Support was higher among those employed in government at 82%, dropping to 75% among those in the private sector who may be more concerned over the impact of the ban on businesses.
The survey was conducted by DataPath Systems; an independent Yukon-based market research company. Telephone surveys were conducted with 150 Whitehorse residents and 150 non-Whitehorse residents during the month of June. The data is weighted to accurately represent Yukoners based on the community they live in, their age and gender. Percentages are statistically valid to +/- 5.5%, 19 times out of 20 (95% confidence). This was a non-commissioned study, paid for by DataPath Systems.