Majority for ban on smoking in restaurants



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Cancer Research Center survey: Smoking attitudes are changing

Since the introduction of non-smoking protection laws in 2005, many citizens' attitudes to the subject of "smoke-free restaurants" have changed. At that time, only 53 percent supported the smoking ban. Today, approval is almost 82 percent. This was the result of a survey commissioned by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

Almost 82 percent of Germans agree to ban smoking in restaurants The Society for Consumer Research (GfK) surveyed 2,000 Germans on behalf of the DKFZ on the subject of non-smoking protection laws. It was found that a large majority of the respondents supported the smoking ban in restaurants. "This broad acceptance for the protection of non-smokers in the catering industry is primarily due to a change in attitudes among smokers," reports Dr. Martina Pötschke-Langer, Head of the Cancer Prevention Unit at the DKFZ. "While only 30 percent of smokers spoke in favor of smoke-free restaurants in 2007, when the federal states introduced non-smoking protection laws, their share had increased to 59 percent by 2013, almost doubling." the German citizen for the ban on smoking in restaurants.

As reported by the DKFZ, individual pub owners in North Rhine-Westphalia are currently trying to persuade the state government to relax non-smoking protection laws with campaigns that are sometimes aggressive. "The results of the survey show that the noisy smoking groups contradict the interests of the vast majority of the population," explains Pötschke-Langer. The population was also not impressed by the massive campaigns in the tobacco lobby. (ag)

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