Did you know that The Center just released results from a new survey of California voters on policies in the tobacco retail environment? Check it out at our website here. Don’t have time this very second to browse through the memos and factsheets? Keep reading along for some highlights:
- Nearly nine out of ten voters agree that a store owner who repeatedly sells cigarettes to minors should have their license to sell tobacco products suspended.
- Four out of five California voters favor a fee of a few hundred dollars a year that would be used to enforce the law against selling cigarettes to minors.
- Four out of five voters support requiring stores that sell tobacco products to post warning signs with graphic images about the dangers of tobacco use.
- Nearly three out of four voters support a law prohibiting any business located within 1,000 feet of a school from selling tobacco products.
This is all great stuff, but you’re probably wondering, how the heck can I use this information? Here are some suggestions:
- Update your campaign factsheet with new poll results
- Pick a finding that you particularly relate to and post it to your Facebook or twitter page as a “Did you know…”
- Discuss the poll results at your next coalition meeting, and what are its implications for your campaign
- Beef up your talking points with the survey data when providing testimony at city council meetings or meeting one-on-one with an elected official
Got any other ideas on how to use the poll results? Share in the comments below! As always, The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing has many resources available on tobacco retailer licensing ordinances and other policies in the tobacco retail environment available at www.center4tobaccopolicy.org/localpolicies-licensing.