HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Canadian Homes Ban Smoking By 61% Margin
Pubdate: Mon, 27 May 2002
Source: London Free Press (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002 The London Free Press a division of Sun Media Corporation.
Author: Canadian Press
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MONTREAL -- Smoking is banned in about 60 per cent of Canadian residences, 
with British Columbians and Quebecers being polar opposites in allowing the 
habit, a new opinion poll suggests.

The Leger Marketing survey indicated smoking is prohibited in 83 per cent 
of homes in British Columbia, compared with 36 per cent of residences in 

Quebecers have always been considered the heaviest or among the heaviest 
smokers in Canada, with some attributing their predilection for puffing to 
their Latin background.

"French-speaking people smoke more, even francophones in other provinces," 
said Louis P. Brisson, vice-president of the Canadian Lung Association. 
"It's a cultural thing."

Other provinces and their percentages in terms of banning smoking at home 
according to the Leger poll were: Ontario, 69; Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 
66; Alberta, 63; and the Atlantic provinces, 58.

That adds up to 61 per cent across the country, suggested the poll of 1,500 
Canadians. The national number is considered accurate within 2.6 percentage 
points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error for the regional numbers is 

The poll also found 34 per cent of respondents believed smoking cigarettes 
is more harmful than smoking marijuana, while 33 per cent said the two are 
equally harmful.

Fourteen per cent considered smoking cigarettes less harmful, while 18 per 
cent did not know or refused to answer.

John McDonald, director of public affairs at tobacco-products manufacturer 
Rothmans Benson & Hedges, doesn't believe the volume of cigarettes sold 
across the country is affected by the number of people who ban smoking in 
their homes.

"People, if they have to go out on the balcony -- if you're talking about 
in a home -- or step outside in an office, they'll do so," McDonald said.

"They've made a decision that they do want to smoke."

But David Sweanor, counsel for the Non-Smokers' Rights Association, said 
the results reflect a major change in people's attitudes toward puffing in 
private residences.

"It used to be a time when a lot of people were considered to be rude to 
tell somebody they couldn't smoke inside one's house," Sweanor said .

He also said the marijuana-versus-cigarette question is an easy one to answer.

"There's no question that cigarette smoking is massively more harmful than 
marijuana," he said.

"The reality is that marijuana is not killing people and tobacco is killing 
45,000 a year."
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