May 30, 2014 8:25 am

POLL: Should smoking on Winnipeg patios be banned?

A new poll suggests two-thirds of Manitobans support banning smoking on restaurant and patio bars.

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WINNIPEG — Most Manitobans want smoke-free patios at bars and restaurants, a new survey from the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance suggests.

Among 800 adults polled, two-thirds supported extending smoking bans to outdoor patios of restaurants and bars, an increase from 58 per cent in 2008.

Most Manitobans also support banning smoking on all beaches (65 per cent), public parks and green spaces (61 per cent) and outdoor events (59 per cent), the survey found.

And almost eight in 10 Manitobans and more than half of the Manitobans who smoke said smoking restrictions have made their community a better place to live.

RELATED STORY: Manitobans want smoking ban on patios

The survey was conducted by Prairie Research Associates in September 2013. The poll is considered accurate within 3.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

What do you think — should people be allowed to smoke on patios? Take our poll and if you want to say more, leave your comment below.

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