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Mecklenburg frowns on smoking

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A majority of Mecklenburg County residents want to work, eat and socialize in smoke-free environments, a new survey says.

More than three in four people polled in a recent survey say they support bans on smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants and slightly more say local governments should have the power to impose those bans.

Smokefree Mecklenburg, a coalition of health-care professionals, advocates and individuals, is fighting for an exemption to a state law that prohibits local governments from banning smoking in public areas.

Two local towns already have signed on in support of the exemption, and the coalition hopes to recruit additional areas, including the City of Charlotte.

Almost nine in 10 survey respondents say people should be able to work in a smoke-free environment, and almost all say they would be as likely or more likely to visit their favorite restaurant or bar if it were smoke-free.

The survey was conducted by Clark & Chase Research.

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