Survey of Canadians on Smoking in Parks

August 12, 2021

From January 8 to January 10, 2021, on behalf of Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), Leger conducted a Canada-wide online survey to explore Canadians’ perspectives about smoking in parks.

OUR RESULTS SHOW THAT 63% OF CANADIANS AGREE THAT SMOKING* SHOULD BE BANNED IN MUNICIPAL, PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL PARKS.

*Smoking or vaping of any substance including tobacco, nicotine and cannabis.

The following groups of Canadians are more likely to agree that smoking should be banned in all of these parks:

  • Those who are college or university educated
  • Those with a household income greater than $40,000
  • Those with children in their household

Regionally, British Columbians (68%) are most likely to agree that smoking should be banned in all municipal, provincial and national parks.

“These results reveal that Canadians want all levels of government to make parks and recreation spaces smoke-free,” said Les Hagen of Action on Smoking & Health (ASH Canada). “Smoke-free parks protect children and youth from being exposed to public smoking and vaping and they protect these precious environments from litter and wildfires.  People and parks deserve full protection from the serious hazards of public smoking.”

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

  • A total of 1,509 Canadians were surveyed online via Leger’s LEO panel from January 8 to January 10, 2021.
  • Using data from the 2016 Census, results were weighted according to age, gender and region in order to ensure a representative sample of the population.
  • As a non-random internet survey, a margin of error is not reported. If the data were collected through a random sample, the margin of error would be ±2.52%, 19 times out of 20.

CLICK HERE TO READ ASH’S COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE

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