Canada, U.S. and Britain Reject Smoking Ban

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in the United States, Canada and Britain are against legislation that would completely ban smoking, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 61 per cent of Americans, 47 per cent of Canadians and 54 per cent of Britons share this point of view.

British respondents are more likely than Canadians (only slightly) and Americans to express support for an outright ban on smoking.

These three countries have seen an increase in legislation banning smoking in public areas over the past few years.

In 2007, Britain introduced a new law raising the legal age for smoking to 18. Earlier this month, a report by researchers from the University College London revealed a seven per cent reduction in smoking among teens between the ages 16 and 18.

Dr. Jenny Fidler, a representative with Cancer Research UK, commented on the findings, saying, “This is good news for the future health of this generation of young people and shows that tobacco policies can make a real difference.”

Polling Data

CAN – Do you support or oppose making smoking illegal in Canada?
USA – Do you support or oppose making smoking illegal in the United States?
BRI – Do you support or oppose making smoking illegal in the United Kingdom?

Support 37% 30% 39%
Oppose 57% 61% 54%
Not sure 6% 10% 6%


Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,000 Canadian adults, 1,013 American adults and 2,023 British adults, conducted from Jul. 27 to Aug. 2, 2010. Margins of error are 3.1 per cent for Canada and the U.S. and 2.2 per cent for Britain.

Complete Poll (PDF)

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This archive includes polls conducted prior to October 2014 by Angus Reid Global, formerly the public affairs research practice of Vision Critical. We are grateful to Vision Critical for their generous donation of this data.