New Siena College Research Institute Community Survey Finds Majority of Capital Region Residents Support Tobacco Control Policies

Written by Lauren Sears on October 28, 2020

A community survey conducted this spring and summer by Siena College Research Institute (SCRI) on behalf of Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities (CDTFC), reveals that most Capital Region residents in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties support tobacco control policies. SCRI surveyed residents within the three counties about various tobacco-related topics ranging from policies prohibiting smoking in public areas like beaches and parks, to smoking in apartment buildings, as well as opinions on exposure to tobacco marketing in and out of stores, and near schools. These questions gauge community support of evidence-based policy solutions that lead to decreases in tobacco use.

Based on SCRI’s results, residents in all three counties were strongly in favor of policies that reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, including a ban on smoking on the grounds of municipal properties (71%), on the grounds of worksites (68%), and in parks and beaches (65%). There is also strong support for policies that ban the sale of tobacco products in stores that are located near schools (66%). Reducing young people’s exposure to tobacco marketing and decreasing the appeal of tobacco products has been shown to reduce youth smoking. To read the entire report, click here. Click here to read CDTFC’s press release.