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To smoke or not to smoke

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How do you feel about smoking in public, sales taxes, second hand smoke, smoking industry in politics and smoking rights?

Are you a smoker?

76% (76) yes
23% (23) no

99 voters have answered this question.

If yes, how old were you when you started?

30% (25) 0-10
28% (23) 11-13
25% (21) 14-16
10% (9) 17-20
2% (2) 21-25
0% (0) 26-30
1% (1) 31-41
1% (1) 42-50
0% (0) 51 or older

82 voters have answered this question.

If you are a smoker, why did you start?

2% (2) I was pressured into it by friends.
14% (11) I was so stressed out, I needed to relax.
21% (16) All I did was try it once, but I got hooked.
40% (31) Everybody I know smokes, it wasn't a big deal.
9% (7) All my friends smoke,I didn't want to be left out.
11% (9) I saw an ad for it, and wanted to look cool too.

76 voters have answered this question.

If you are a non-smoker, does it bother you when people around you smoke? Why?

54% (17) It doesn't bother me at all. Why should it?.
29% (9) I'm afraid for my health.
12% (4) I'm afraid for my childrens' health
35% (11) It just stinks
19% (6) I don't want to half to dry-clean my clothes
16% (5) It irritates my eyes/contacts allergies
19% (6) It makes me sneez/it is hard to breathe

31 voters have answered this question.

If you are a non-smoker, do you think that smoking should be

46% (14) Totally acceptable anywhere-it's a smoker's right
20% (6) Totally illegal- all it does is kill people
13% (4) Allowed only in people's private homes
20% (6) Allowed, but only outside

30 voters have answered this question.

Are you aware that cigarette companies are the leading donators to political parties?

60% (56) yes
39% (36) no

92 voters have answered this question.

I response to the last question, do you feel that

20% (18) The companies are bribing our government
30% (27) So what if they give money-lots of companies do.
0% (0) It's all great-the tobacco industry employs me
48% (43) As a smoker, it just helps to protect my rights

88 voters have answered this question.

Do you know anywone who has died or is dying from smoking or related illnesses?

18% (16) Yes, many people very close to me
16% (14) Yes, I know one person
32% (28) No, but I have a friend who has a friend...
33% (29) No-people die from smoking?

87 voters have answered this question.

If you are a smoker, have you tired to quit?

25% (20) yes
75% (60) no

80 voters have answered this question.

If yes, what stopped you? Check all that apply.

36% (8) I just couldn't handle stress without it.
45% (10) The addiction was too strong
27% (6) The patches/subtitues/treatments don't work
63% (14) In my old "smoking places" it was a pattern
45% (10) I became a screeming banshee!!!!
27% (6) other

22 voters have answered this question.

Do you think it is fair to level heavy luxury taxes on cigarettes, even if it is to pay for resulting medical issues?

69% (64) NO-Smokers have a right to decently priced cigarettes
17% (16) Yes but the taxes should stay small to be nice
13% (12) Yes- Smokers shouldn't smoke anyway, cigarettes cost the nation huge medical bills!

92 voters have answered this question.

Suppose there was a law created that would ban on smoking, but gradually over a wide period of time. This law might say somthing like "All people born after the year 1990 will never be able to smoke legally but anybody born after that date will still be able to smoke." That way, companies and their dependent economies and worker would have somewhere around 70 years to gradually turn to other areas of industry as the number of smokers became fewer and fewer Also, smoker's wouldn't have to go through trying to quit. As the presented date would have an age younger than 18, all children younger than that would know that they would never be able to legally smoke, which might be a strong deterrent to starting in the first place. What do you think of this idea?

6% (6) Well, it might work, but Congress won't listen
12% (11) Probably wouldn't work now, but maybe the future
5% (5) Yes, It would be great! Start a petition!
25% (23) Not a chance, I smoke, and my kids will too.
50% (46) No,Smoking is a right! it should always be legal!

91 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2002-08-19 20:48:22 by Taliesin G
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