Of callers answering The Evening Sun's SUNDIAL queries about secondhand cigarette smoke, 122 identified themselves as smokers and 442 said they are non-smokers.
Among smokers, 66 percent, or 81 callers, said they are concerned about the effects of smoke on their own health, and 41 said they are not concerned. Fifty-four percent, or 66 callers, admitted they are concerned about the effect of secondhand smoke on the health of others, and 56 said they are not concerned. Eighty-five callers, or 70 percent, said they try to keep their smoke away from non-smokers, and 36 callers don't try. Seventy-eight smokers, or 64 percent, said they feel persecuted by restrictions on smokers, and 43 callers do not feel persecuted.
Among non-smokers, nearly 90 percent, or 394 out of 440 respondents, said they are concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke on their own health, while 46 callers said they are not. Eighty-eight percent of the respondents, or 386 out of 438, said they try to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, and 52 said they don't try. More than 91 percent, or 362 out of 395 respondents, said restrictions on smokers are fair, and 33 callers said they did not think smoking restrictions are fair.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.