The Non Profit organization, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, has released the results of a nationwide poll that shows voters, 70%, support legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products and 72% would consider it a bit accomplishment for Congress if they were to pass the legislation that they are now considering.
The results of the poll are overwhelmingly in favor of Congress taking action and putting the Food and Drug Administration in charge of the tobacco industry. The people fell it is time for a change and judging by the number of Senators and Congressmen who have signed on to co sponsor the bills currently before both Houses, so do they.
This is one issue that crosses all lines, party and regional.
Strong majorities of Republicans, 72%, Democrats, 71% and independents, 68% all support the legislation.
When you break it down geographically, the percentage of voters who support the legislation are: Northeast, 78%, Midwest, 68%, South, 71% and West, 66%.
One of the most surprising facts to come out of this survey is that both smokers, 63%, and non-smokers, 74%, support the legislation.
The poll shows:
When it comes to requiring ID checks for those, no matter what there age, who look as if they are to young to purchase cigarettes and penalizing retailers who sell tobacco to minors, 80% agree.
When asked if marketing of tobacco products that targets a young audience, such as in magazines that gets a large portion of the readership from the young, should be restricted, 76% said yes.
When asked if tobacco companies should be prevented from making claims that one tobacco product is less harmful than others, 68% said yes.
When asked if tobacco companies should be required to make cigarettes safe, it it was possible to do so, 68% said yes.
When asked if the removal, or reduction of the amount of, ingredients such as nicotine should be required, 67% said yes.
This is one the politicians should pay close attention to 55% of voters said they would have a more positive opinion of Congress if it were to pass the legislation. Only 12% have the opposite opinion.
Both Houses of Congress have such bills in the works.
The Senate bill is scheduled for consideration Wednesday by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chaired by Senator Kennedy.
This national survey of 800 registered voters was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and the Mellman Group May 31-June 4, 2007 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Source: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids http://tobaccofreekids.org/