- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new survey of Oklahomans has found that 78.5 percent of the survey’s respondents prefer smokefree bars and nightclubs.

Surveys were collected at 22 community events in 2014 to assess awareness of the health hazards posed by exposure to secondhand smoke and to gauge demand for smokefree bars and nightclubs in Oklahoma.

The survey sample 1,937 Oklahomans emphasized Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the two largest metropolitan areas in the state.

The survey also found that 86.4 percent of those surveyed, including 75.4 percent of smokers, would continue to go to their favorite bar or club if it went smokefree. Ninety percent of respondents recognized that secondhand smoke is a serious health risk.

The survey was conducted for Free The Night, a statewide campaign to encourage nightspots to adopt smokefree policies.



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