Tobacco survey shows people try to avoid smoke

By Kelly McCarthy

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People in Broome and Tioga counties said they support more efforts to control tobacco use and create more tobacco-free spaces in a survey led by Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga.

More than 800 people living in the two counties took part in a Community Tobacco survey in 2013 and the results are finally in.

The survey shows people want to see less tobacco advertising and more efforts to control tobacco use, and that more landlords are adopting smoke-free policies for their housing units.

"They are really getting the message to learn that exposure to second hand smoke as well as smoking itself of course is very harmful," said Sharon Fischer of the Broome County Health Department. "And that the municipalities are responding locally because many of them have adopted tobacco-free policies for their grounds or for their parks."

Coordinators at Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga plan to take this information and use it to help educate the community.

"But we also will share this information with elected officials so that they will know where their constituents, what their constituents feelings and opinions are relating to tobacco control," said Fischer said.

One of the education opportunities was a presentation of the findings at the Elks Lodge in Vestal where four representatives of local politicians attended.

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