Chamber Smoking Poll Released?

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

A smoking ban survey conducted by The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce has been pulled early but the results may not be released.

One issue expected to come before Bowling Green City Commissioners sooner or later is whether or not to enact a city wide smoking ban.

Yesterday, Tuesday, March 20, 2007, The American Cancer Society revealed results of a 400 person survey showing that 73 percent are in favor of going smoke free.

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce also conducted a poll of it's own surveying how the chamber's community partner's feel about the issue.

Now it's not clear when or even if those results will be released.

"We closed our survey a week early because somehow our survey was given out to the general public," said Jennifer Brasel, spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce.

Brasel said they have to be careful who takes their survey.

"We can only represent the businesses and organizations that are partners with The Chamber of Commerce. That's why we sent surveys out to only chamber partners," Brasel said.

She said the reason for the poll was to get a clear representation of how those involved with the chamber felt about a possible ban. After the link was leaked the chamber feared that representation would be skewed.

"We closed it to make sure the results we had were just from chamber partners," Brasel explained.

Skewed or not, many feel the poll results would heavily influence The City Commission.

Bruce Wilkerson said he's on The City Commission for the people and he's looking at all information available .

"Polling will be apart of that and other people's opinions will be part of that as well," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson said although he doesn't smoke, would prefer not to be around it and believes it's an important issue, he's on the fence.

"Just so you know where I'm coming from I haven't made up my mind,"
Wilkerson said.

He also said a decision on a smoking ban could take months especially since there isn't an official proposal on the table yet.

Since the chamber's poll leaked Brasel said a new data base is underway to more effectively poll their partners.

She said chamber partners will have to enter an ID to ensure they are the only people voting

To view polls that were released by The American Cancer Society and to read more on the Bowling Green smoking ban, view the following story links below.

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