The seven question survey is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A University of Massachusetts Dartmouth political science professor, Dr. Kenneth Manning, is conducting the survey. Residents should mail the survey back in time to meet the August 9 return date. No postage is necessary.
The survey cards were mailed to residents in these towns:
Abington, Acushnet, Carver, East Bridgewater, Freetown, Kingston, Lakeville, Mattaposett, Middleborough, Pembroke, Rockland, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman
Manning said the survey has one over-riding purpose: “We want to know what people think about second-hand smoke. This survey will give us an accurate perspective of peoples’ view on this issue. The project is similar to one conducted last year in other towns and several cities. It is useful for communities and decision-makers to know what the public thinks about this issue. Let your voice be heard.“
The communities surveyed were selected in order to assess whether the citizens of those communities wish to strengthen their town policies on second-hand smoke. The questions ask those surveyed to indicate whether they smoke, their age, race or ethnicity, and their opinion on smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces. The anonymous survey also asks whether those surveyed would support or oppose a law that regulates exposure to second-hand smoke in indoor public places.