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Published January 26, 2010, 05:48 PM

Study Finds People In Grand Forks Agree With Smoking Ordinance

The majority of people in the Grand Forks area think smoking should not be allowed inside businesses...that's according to a study done by the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

The majority of people in the Grand Forks area think smoking should not be allowed inside businesses...that's according to a study done by the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition. The study looked at what people thought about the current smoke-free ordinance and the support for legislation to eliminate smoking in public places. It found that people support expanding the smoke-free ordinance to places like truck stops, bars and casinos.

The results are based on phone interviews with almost 800 adults. The study found that 91 percent of people in the Grand Forks area think second-hand smoke is a health hazard.

Cordell Fontaine/Social Science Research Institute Director: "They not only believe that second hand smoke is a risk, that they agree with the ordinance that was passed in 2005, but their awareness and perception of the risk of second hand smoke has increased since that time."

There will be a smoke-free workplace Community Forum on February 2 from 6-8 in the evening at the County Office Building in Grand Forks for people to come talk about smoke-free workplaces in the community.

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