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2015 TOBACCO USAGE

COMMUNITY SURVEY
CAPITAL DISTRICT TOBACCO-FREE COALITION

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An investigation of smoking behavior, and attitudes


towards tobacco use and advertising among Albany,
Schenectady, and Rensselaer County residents.

Table of Contents
Albany County 2015: Summary
Smoking Behavior...................................................................................................... 2
Display and Sale of Tobacco Products.........................................................................2
Attitudes towards Teen Smoking................................................................................ 3
Methods and Nature of the Sample............................................................................3
Past and Current Tobacco Usage................................................................................4
Point of Sale Tobacco Policies..................................................................................... 7
Tobacco Use Policies................................................................................................. 12
Teen Smoking........................................................................................................... 14

Schenectady County 2015: Summary.....................................................15


Smoking Behavior.................................................................................................... 15
Display and Sale of Tobacco Products.......................................................................15
Attitudes towards Teen Smoking.............................................................................. 16
Methods and Nature of the Sample..........................................................................16
Past and Current Tobacco Usage..............................................................................17
Point of Sale Tobacco Policies................................................................................... 20
Tobacco Use Policies................................................................................................. 25
Teen Smoking........................................................................................................... 27

Rensselaer County 2015: Summary........................................................28


Smoking Behavior.................................................................................................... 28
Display and Sale of Tobacco Products.......................................................................28
Attitudes towards Teen Smoking.............................................................................. 29
Methods and Nature of the Sample..........................................................................29
Past and Current Tobacco Usage..............................................................................30
Point of Sale Tobacco Policies................................................................................... 33
Tobacco Use Policies................................................................................................. 38
Teen Smoking........................................................................................................... 40

Survey Procedures and Samples Derived..............................................41


Albany County 2015 Cross-tabulations included as attachment
Schenectady County 2015 Cross-tabulations included as attachment
Rensselaer County 2015 Cross-tabulations included as attachment
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Albany County 2015: Summary


The current rate of smoking is down slightly in Albany County in 2015 when
compared to 2013. Moreover, Albany County residents generally support more
restrictive regulation of the availability and display of tobacco products.

Smoking Behavior

37% of Albany County residents have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their
life.
Today 11% of Albany residents smoke. 20% of those that have ever smoked
or about 7% of all citizens smoke everyday while 4% of all citizens smoke on
some days.
20% of residents have ever tried using an E-cigarette and a quarter of those
residents use them today.

Display and Sale of Tobacco Products

80% of all county residents and 66% of smokers think that tobacco products
should not be sold in stores that are located near schools.
71% support a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco products in
stores that are located near schools. A majority of smokers support this
potential regulation with 56% supporting it and a quarter opposed.
53% of all residents are in favor of a regulation that would limit the number
of stores that could sell tobacco in their community while 22% oppose that
regulation. Smokers oppose the limitation of stores by 42% to 29%. Of
those that have never smoked, this regulation is favored by 61% to 17%.
65%, up from 58% in 2013, of all residents are in favor of a regulation that
would ban the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies.
54% of county residents (down significantly from 77% in 2013) have over
the past 30 days noticed packs of cigarettes or cigars visible behind the
cash register or in other areas of stores at least occasionally.
61% are in favor of a regulation that would require stores to keep tobacco
products out of customer view.
43% favor while 33% are against a regulation that would prevent retailers
from accepting coupons that reduce the price of cigarettes.
Similarly, 42% are in favor while 36% are against, a regulation that would
prevent retailers from offering multi-pack discounts on cigarettes.

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Attitudes towards Teen Smoking


74% of Albany County residents in 2015, virtually unchanged from 73% in
2013, think teen smoking is a significant problem in their community, while
66% of current smokers say the same.
Majorities agree that:
o In-store advertising make teens more likely to smoke (63%).
o Seeing actors smoking in the movies encourages smoking among
teens (70%).

Methods and Nature of the Sample


Using random digit-dialing (RDD) interviews were conducted with 356 residents of
Albany County. Of those, 69 were conducted via cell phone. Completed
interviews from both landline and cell phones calls were merged and weighted by
known age and gender characteristics so as to enhance representativeness.
Data is reported with a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percentage points at the 95%
confidence level having included the design effect of weighting on that margin of
error.

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Past and Current Tobacco Usage


Q15: Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?

Albany
2009

2011

2013

2015

Yes

47%

46%

42%

37%

No

53%

54%

58%

63%

Q16: Do you NOW smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?

Albany
Every day
Some days
Not at all

2009
18%
7%
75%

2011
11%
7%
82%

2013
29%
9%
62%

2015
20%
11%
69%

Summary

Albany
2009

2011

2013

2015

Currently
smoke

12%

8%

16%

11%

Did smoke

35%

38%

26%

25%

Never smoked

53%

54%

58%

63%

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Smoking Rate
18%
16%
14%
12%
10%
8%
6%
4%
2%
0%
2009

2011

2013

2015

Albany

Q17: Where do you purchase your cigarettes MOST of the time?

Albany
2009

2011

2013

2015

4%

4%

8%

2%

75%

82%

60%

88%

Pharmacy

8%

5%

4%

1%

Indian Reservation

7%

4%

5%

2%

Internet

0%

0%

0%

0%

Tobacco Shop

N/A

N/A

11%

0%

Other

7%

3%

13%

7%

Grocery Store
Convenience Store/Gas
Station

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Q18: Have you ever tried using an Electronic Cigarette or E-cigarette, even just
one time?

Albany
90%

79%

80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%

20%

20%
10%
0%

Yes

No

Q19: Do you now use e-cigarettes every day, some days or not at all?

Albany
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%

9%

0%
Everyday

16%
Some
days

74%
Not
at all

Albany

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Point of Sale Tobacco Policies


Q6: In your opinion, do you think pharmacies should or should not sell tobacco
products (cigarettes, cigars, etc.)?

Albany
2015

75%

19%

2013

36%

2011

37%

2009

0%

61%

3%

61%

2%

71%

28%

10%

6%

20%

30%
Should

40%

50%

Should not

60%

2%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Dont know

Q7: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prohibit the sale of all
tobacco products in pharmacies?

Albany
2015

2013

65%

Against

Neither in favor nor against


58%
12%

2011

0%

15%

54%

10%

20%

30%

In favor
30%

13%

40%

50%

60%

19%

32%

70%

80%

90%

100%

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Q3: What is your opinion about a regulation that would limit the number of stores
that could sell tobacco in your community?

Albany
2015

2013

53%

Against

46%

2011
0%

21%

Neither in favor nor against


19%

42%
10%

20%

In favor
34%

19%
30%

40%

50%

22%

37%
60%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Q4: In your opinion, do you think tobacco products should or should not be sold in
stores that are located near schools?

Albany
2015

2013

2011
0%

13%

80%

Dont know/Refused
27%

Should not
68%

28%
10%

7%

Should

69%
20%

30%

40%

50%

60%

5%

3%
70%

80%

90%

100%

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Q5: What is your opinion about a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco
products in stores that are located near schools?

Albany
2015

2013

71%

Against

2011
0%

10%

20%

9%

20%

Neither in favor nor against


60%
12%

In favor
28%

59%

29%

30%

12%
40%

50%

60%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Q2: What is your opinion about a regulation that would require stores to keep
tobacco products, such as packs or cartons of cigarettes, out of customer view?

Albany
70%
60%

61%

50%
40%
27%

30%
20%

11%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

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Q1: Over the past 30 days, how often did you notice packs of cigarettes or cigars
visible behind the cash register or in other areas of stores?

Albany
Almost every time you were
in a store
Frequently when you were
in a store
Occasionally when you were
in a store
Never/not that I remember
Have not visited a store in
the past 30 days
Don't know/Refused

2011

2013

2015

31%

27%

14%

20%

21%

12%

28%

29%

28%

20%

22%

42%

0%

1%

3%

1%

1%

2%

Q8: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prevent retailers from
accepting coupons that reduce the price of cigarettes?

Albany
50%
45%

43%

40%
33%

35%
30%
23%

25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

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Q9: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prevent retailers from
offering multi-pack discounts on cigarettes, such as 2 packs for the price of 1?

Albany
45%

42%

40%

36%

35%
30%
25%

22%

20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Q10: Currently in your area you must be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes and
other tobacco products. What is your opinion about a policy that would require
people to be 21 years old before they could purchase cigarettes and other
tobacco products?

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Albany
70%

64%

60%
50%
40%
30%
20%

17%

18%

Neither in favor nor against

Against

10%
0%
In favor

Albany

Tobacco Use Policies


Q11A. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in outdoor public
places such as beaches or parks?

Albany
70%

64%

60%
50%
40%
27%

30%
20%
8%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Q11B. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in entrance ways
of public buildings and workplaces?

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Albany
90%
80%

81%

70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%

16%

10%

3%

0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Q11C. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in apartment
buildings, condominiums, and other multi-unit complexes, including indoor areas,
private balconies and patios?

Albany
60%

52%

50%
40%

32%

30%
20%

14%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Albany

Q11D. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit the use of electronic
cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in all work places, including bars and restaurants? Are
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you strongly in favor, somewhat in favor, neither in favor nor against, somewhat
against or strongly against?

Albany
60%

57%

50%
40%
30%
21%

20%

15%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Teen Smoking
Q12: I'm going to read you a series of statements about teens and smoking, for
each tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor
disagree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree.
Q12A: Teen smoking is a significant problem in our community

Albany
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree nor
disagree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Dont know/Refused

2011
47%
27%

2013
51%
22%

2015
40%
34%

12%

9%

8%

5%
6%
3%

10%
5%
4%

12%
4%
2%

Q12B: In-store tobacco advertising make teens more likely to smoke


Note: This question was reworded from the 2013 version, Advertising in local stores make teens more likely
to smoke

Albany
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Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

31%
32%
14%
12%
9%
2%

Q12C: Seeing actors smoking in the movies encourages smoking among teens
Note: This question was reworded from the 2013 version, Teens are more likely to smoke if they see
smoking in the movies.

Albany
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

39%
31%
12%
10%
7%
1%

Schenectady County 2015:


Summary
The current rate of smoking is down slightly in Schenectady County in 2015 when
compared to 2013 and, in general, citizens tend to support more restrictive
regulation of the availability and display of tobacco products.

Smoking Behavior

45% of Schenectady County residents have smoked at least 100 cigarettes


in their life.
Today 16% of Schenectady residents smoke. Less than 30% of those that
have ever smoked or 13% of all citizens smoke everyday while 3% of all
citizens smoke on some days.
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17% of residents have ever tried using an E-cigarette and 12% of those
respondents use them today.

Display and Sale of Tobacco Products

77% of all county residents and 63% of smokers think that tobacco products
should not be sold in stores that are located near schools.
62% support a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco products in
stores that are located near schools. 34% of smokers oppose this potential
regulation while 49% are in favor.
43% of all residents are in favor of a regulation that would limit the number
of stores that could sell tobacco in their community while 27% oppose that
regulation. Smokers oppose the limitation of stores by 55% to 30%. Of
those that have never smoked, this regulation is favored by 46% to 24%.
58%, up from 52% in 2013, of all residents are in favor of a regulation that
would ban the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies.
57% of county residents (down significantly from 71% in 2013) have over
the past 30 days noticed packs of cigarettes or cigars visible behind the
cash register or in other areas of stores at least occasionally.
59% are in favor of a regulation that would require stores to keep tobacco
products out of customer view.
41% favor while 29% are against a regulation that would prevent retailers
from accepting coupons that reduce the price of cigarettes.
Similarly, 41% are in favor while 33% are against, a regulation that would
prevent retailers from offering multi-pack discounts on cigarettes.

Attitudes towards Teen Smoking


73%, down from 77%, of all residents, and 67% of smokers, think teen
smoking is a significant problem in their community.
Majorities agree that:
o In-store advertising make teens more likely to smoke (58%).
o Seeing actors smoking in the movies encourages smoking among
teens (66%).

Methods and Nature of the Sample


Using random digit-dialing (RDD) interviews were conducted with 356 residents of
Schenectady County. Of those, 76 were conducted via cell phone. Completed
interviews from both landline and cell phones calls were merged and weighted by
known age and gender characteristics so as to enhance representativeness.
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Data is reported with a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percentage points at the 95%
confidence level having included the design effect of weighting on that margin of
error.

Charts and Tables


Past and Current Tobacco Usage
Q15: Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?

Schenectady
2009

2011

2013

2015

Yes

56%

45%

50%

45%

No

44%

55%

50%

55%
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Q16: Do you NOW smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?

Schenectady
Every
day
Some
days
Not at
all

2009

2011

2013

2015

23%

26%

30%

29%

9%

6%

8%

7%

67%

68%

62%

64%

Summary

Schenectady
2009

2011

2013

2015

Currently
smoke

18%

14%

19%

16%

Did smoke

38%

31%

31%

29%

Never
smoked

44%

55%

50%

55%

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Smoking Rate
20%
18%
16%
14%
12%
10%
8%
6%
4%
2%
0%
2009

2011

2013

2015

Schenectady

Q17: Where do you purchase your cigarettes MOST of the time?

Schenectady
2009

2011

2013

2015

1%

0%

4%

10%

77%

78%

87%

70%

Pharmacy

1%

2%

0%

0%

Indian Reservation

2%

6%

4%

1%

Internet

2%

0%

0%

1%

Tobacco Shop

N/A

N/A

5%

12%

Other

16%

14%

1%

4%

Grocery Store
Convenience
Store/Gas Station

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Q18: Have you ever tried using an Electronic Cigarette or E-cigarette, even just
one time?

Schenectady
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%

17%

83%
No

Yes
Schenectady

Q19: Do you now use e-cigarettes every day, some days or not at all?

Schenectady
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%

7%
5%
Everyday

Some days

88%
Not
at all

Schenectady

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Point of Sale Tobacco Policies


Q6: In your opinion, do you think pharmacies should or should not sell tobacco
products (cigarettes, cigars, etc.)?

Schenectady
2015

73%

17%

2013

0%

63%

35%

2011

2009

9%

59%

39%

2%

72%

24%

10%

2%

20%

30%
Should

40%

50%

Should not

3%

60%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Dont know

Q7: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prohibit the sale of all
tobacco products in pharmacies?

Schenectady
2015

2013

58%

Against

52%

2011

0%

19%

Neither in favor nor against


14%

53%

10%

20%

30%

In favor
34%

14%

40%

50%

60%

21%

33%

70%

80%

90%

100%

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Q3: What is your opinion about a regulation that would limit the number of stores
that could sell tobacco in your community?

Schenectady
2015

2013

43%

Against

42%

2011
0%

29%

Neither in favor nor against


17%

47%
10%

20%

27%

41%

16%
30%

40%

50%

In favor

37%

60%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Q4: In your opinion, do you think tobacco products should or should not be sold in
stores that are located near schools?

Schenectady
2015

18%

2013

Dont know/Refused
26%

2011
0%

77%

Should not
69%

30%
10%

20%

5%

Should

66%
30%

40%

50%

60%

5%

3%
70%

80%

90%

100%

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Q5: What is your opinion about a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco
products in stores that are located near schools?

Schenectady
2015

2013

62%

Against

Neither in favor nor against


56%
9%

2011
0%

14%

57%
10%

20%

30%

13%
40%

50%

60%

70%

23%

In favor
34%

29%
80%

90%

100%

Q2: What is your opinion about a regulation that would require stores to keep
tobacco products, such as packs or cartons of cigarettes, out of customer view?

Schenectady
70%
60%

59%

50%
40%

28%

30%
20%

12%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Schenectady

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Q1: Over the past 30 days, how often did you notice packs of cigarettes or cigars
visible behind the cash register or in other areas of stores?

Schenectady
Almost every time you
were in a store
Frequently when you
were in a store
Occasionally when you
were in a store
Never/not that I
remember
Have not visited a store
in the past 30 days
Don't know/Refused

2011

2013

2015

32%

24%

17%

18%

21%

14%

28%

26%

26%

22%

27%

40%

1%

1%

2%

0%

1%

1%

Q8: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prevent retailers from
accepting coupons that reduce the price of cigarettes?

Schenectady
45%

41%

40%
35%
30%

29%

29%

Neither in favor nor against

Against

25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
In favor

Schenectady

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Q9: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prevent retailers from
offering multi-pack discounts on cigarettes, such as 2 packs for the price of 1?

Schenectady
45%

41%

40%
33%

35%
30%

27%

25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Schenectady

Q10: Currently in your area you must be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes and
other tobacco products. What is your opinion about a policy that would require
people to be 21 years old before they could purchase cigarettes and other
tobacco products?

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Schenectady
70%
60%

59%

50%
40%
29%

30%
20%

12%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Schenectady

Tobacco Use Policies


Q11A. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in outdoor public
places such as beaches or parks?

Schenectady
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%

In55%
favor

16% nor against


Neither in favor

28%
Against

Schenectady

Q11B. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in entrance ways
of public buildings and workplaces?
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Schenectady
80%
70%
60%
50%

Schenectady

40%
30%
20%
10%
0%

In76%
favor

5% nor against
Neither in favor

18%
Against

Q11C. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in apartment
buildings, condominiums, and other multi-unit complexes, including indoor areas,
private balconies and patios?

Schenectady
60%
50%

49%

40%
31%

30%
17%

20%
10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Schenectady

Q11D. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit the use of electronic
cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in all work places, including bars and restaurants? Are
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you strongly in favor, somewhat in favor, neither in favor nor against, somewhat
against or strongly against?

Schenectady
60%
52%

50%
40%
30%
21%

22%

Neither in favor nor against

Against

20%
10%
0%
In favor

Schenectady

Teen Smoking
Q12: I'm going to read you a series of statements about teens and smoking, for
each tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor
disagree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree.
Q12A: Teen smoking is a significant problem in our community

Schenectady
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

2011
45%
26%

2013
55%
22%

2015
46%
27%

11%

5%

11%

9%

7%

9%

4%

5%

3%

4%

5%

4%

Q12B: In-store tobacco advertising make teens more likely to smoke


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Note: This question was reworded from the 2013 version, Advertising in local stores make teens more likely
to smoke

Schenectady
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

30%
28%
14%
14%
12%
1%

Q12C: Seeing actors smoking in the movies encourages smoking among teens
Note: This question was reworded from the 2013 version, Teens are more likely to smoke if they see
smoking in the movies.

Schenectady
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

35%
31%
11%
8%
15%
0%

Rensselaer County 2015: Summary


The current rate of smoking is down slightly in Rensselaer County in 2015 when
compared to 2013 and, in general, citizens tend to support more restrictive
regulation of the availability and display of tobacco products.

Smoking Behavior

45% of Rensselaer County residents have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in


their life.

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Today 16% of Rensselaer residents smoke. Less than 30% of those that
have ever smoked or 12% of all citizens smoke everyday while 4% of all
citizens smoke on some days.
22% of residents have ever tried using an E-cigarette and 16% of those
respondents use them today.

Display and Sale of Tobacco Products

72% of all county residents and 65% of smokers, think that tobacco
products should not be sold in stores that are located near schools.
62% support a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco products in
stores that are located near schools. 34% of smokers oppose this potential
regulation while 54% are in favor.
40% of all residents are in favor of a regulation that would limit the number
of stores that could sell tobacco in their community while 35% oppose that
regulation. Smokers oppose the limitation of stores by 63% to 22%. Of
those that have never smoked, this regulation is favored by 49% to 23%.
58%, up from 53% in 2013, of all residents are in favor of a regulation that
would ban the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies.
63% of county residents (down significantly from 78% in 2013) have over
the past 30 days noticed packs of cigarettes or cigars visible behind the
cash register or in other areas of stores at least occasionally.
53% are in favor of a regulation that would require stores to keep tobacco
products out of customer view.
39% favor while the same number are against a regulation that would
prevent retailers from accepting coupons that reduce the price of cigarettes.
Similarly, 36% are in favor while 38% are against, a regulation that would
prevent retailers from offering multi-pack discounts on cigarettes.

Attitudes towards Teen Smoking


73%, up from 67%, of all residents, and 62% of smokers, think teen smoking
is a significant problem in their community.
Majorities agree that:
o In-store advertising make teens more likely to smoke (61%).
o Seeing actors smoking in the movies encourages smoking among
teens (67%).

Methods and Nature of the Sample


Using random digit-dialing (RDD) interviews were conducted with 350 residents of
Rensselaer County. Of those, 104 were conducted via cell phone. Completed
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interviews from both landline and cell phones calls were merged and weighted by
known age and gender characteristics so as to enhance representativeness.
Data is reported with a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percentage points at the 95%
confidence level having included the design effect of weighting on that margin of
error.

Charts and Tables


Past and Current Tobacco Usage
Q15: Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?

Rensselaer
2009

2011

2013

2015

Yes

49%

48%

50%

45%

No

51%

42%

50%

55%
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Q16: Do you NOW smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?

Rensselaer
Every day
Some
days
Not at all

2009
21%

2011
23%

2013
24%

2015
27%

10%

8%

11%

9%

69%

68%

65%

64%

Summary

Rensselaer
2009

2011

2013

2015

Currently
smoke

15%

15%

18%

16%

Did smoke

44%

43%

32%

29%

Never smoked

51%

42%

50%

55%

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Smoking Rate
19%
18%
18%
17%
17%
16%
16%
15%
15%
14%
14%
2009

2011

2013

2015

Rensselaer

Q17: Where do you purchase your cigarettes MOST of the time?

Rensselaer
2009

2011

2013

2015

3%

3%

10%

3%

79%

76%

66%

76%

Pharmacy

0%

3%

5%

0%

Indian
Reservation

5%

2%

5%

0%

Internet

4%

0%

6%

3%

Tobacco Shop

N/A

N/A

3%

13%

Other

8%

15%

4%

5%

Grocery Store
Convenience
Store/Gas
Station

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Q18: Have you ever tried using an Electronic Cigarette or E-cigarette, even just
one time?

Rensselaer
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%

78%

22%
Yes

No
Rensselaer

Q19: Do you now use e-cigarettes every day, some days or not at all?

Rensselaer
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%

13%
3%

0%
Everyday

Some days

84%
Not
at all

Rensselaer

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Point of Sale Tobacco Policies


Q6: In your opinion, do you think pharmacies should or should not sell tobacco
products (cigarettes, cigars, etc.)?

Rensselaer
2015

2013

0%

1%

62%

36%

1%

77%

21%

10%

7%

59%

40%

2011

2009

69%

24%

20%

30%
Should

40%

50%

Should not

60%

2%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Dont know

Q7: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prohibit the sale of all
tobacco products in pharmacies?

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Rensselaer
2015

2013

58%

Against

53%

2011

0%

14%

Neither in favor nor against


13%

54%

10%

20%

In favor
34%

13%

30%

40%

50%

60%

28%

33%

70%

80%

90%

100%

Q3: What is your opinion about a regulation that would limit the number of stores
that could sell tobacco in your community?

Rensselaer
2015

2013

40%

Against

2011
0%

10%

23%

35%

37%

Neither in favor nor against


20%

41%

39%

20%

41%

20%

30%

40%

50%

60%

70%

80%

In favor

90%

100%

Q4: In your opinion, do you think tobacco products should or should not be sold in
stores that are located near schools?

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Rensselaer
2015

19%

2013

Dont know/Refused
37%

2011

72%

Should not
60%

37%

0%

10%

9%

Should

60%

20%

30%

40%

50%

60%

70%

3%

3%
80%

90%

100%

Q5: What is your opinion about a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco
products in stores that are located near schools?

Rensselaer
2015

2013

62%

Against

0%

Neither in favor nor against


15%

48%

2011

13%

54%
10%

20%

30%

13%
40%

50%

60%

25%

In favor
37%

32%
70%

80%

90%

100%

Q2: What is your opinion about a regulation that would require stores to keep
tobacco products, such as packs or cartons of cigarettes, out of customer view?
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Rensselaer
60%

53%

50%
40%

29%

30%

17%

20%
10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Rensselaer

Q1: Over the past 30 days, how often did you notice packs of cigarettes or cigars
visible behind the cash register or in other areas of stores?

Rensselaer
Almost every time you
were in a store
Frequently when you were
in a store
Occasionally when you
were in a store
Never/not that I remember
Have not visited a store in
the past 30 days
Don't know/Refused

2011

2013

2015

33%

32%

23%

21%

20%

17%

22%

26%

23%

23%

21%

36%

1%

1%

1%

0%

1%

1%

Q8: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prevent retailers from
accepting coupons that reduce the price of cigarettes?

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Rensselaer
45%
40%

39%

39%

35%
30%
25%

21%

20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Rensselaer

Q9: What is your opinion about a regulation that would prevent retailers from
offering multi-pack discounts on cigarettes, such as 2 packs for the price of 1?

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Rensselaer
40%

38%

36%

35%
30%

26%

25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Rensselaer

Q10: Currently in your area you must be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes and
other tobacco products. What is your opinion about a policy that would require
people to be 21 years old before they could purchase cigarettes and other
tobacco products?

Rensselaer
60%

57%

50%
40%
31%

30%
20%
11%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Rensselaer

Tobacco Use Policies


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Q11A. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in outdoor public
places such as beaches or parks?

Rensselaer
70%

62%

60%
50%
40%

31%

30%
20%
8%

10%
0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Rensselaer

Q11B. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in entrance ways
of public buildings and workplaces?

Rensselaer
90%
80%

80%

70%
60%
Rensselaer

50%
40%
30%
20%

16%

10%

5%

0%
In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

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Q11C. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit smoking in apartment
buildings, condominiums, and other multi-unit complexes, including indoor areas,
private balconies and patios?

Rensselaer
50%
45%
40%
35%
30%
25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%

47%
38%

13%

In favor

Neither in favor nor against

Against

Rensselaer

Q11D. What is your opinion about policies that prohibit the use of electronic
cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in all work places, including bars and restaurants? Are
you strongly in favor, somewhat in favor, neither in favor nor against, somewhat
against or strongly against?

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Rensselaer
60%

53%

50%
40%
30%
22%

21%

Neither in favor nor against

Against

20%
10%
0%
In favor

Rensselaer

Teen Smoking
Q12: I'm going to read you a series of statements about teens and smoking, for
each tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor
disagree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree.
Q12A: Teen smoking is a significant problem in our community

Rensselaer
Strongly
agree
Somewhat
agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

2011

2013

2015

50%

45%

44%

22%

22%

29%

11%

8%

14%

9%

11%

6%

5%

10%

4%

2%

3%

4%

Q12B: In-store tobacco advertising make teens more likely to smoke


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Note: This question was reworded from the 2013 version, Advertising in local stores make teens more likely
to smoke

Rensselaer
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

32%
29%
11%
15%
12%
0%

Q12C: Seeing actors smoking in the movies encourages smoking among teens
Note: This question was reworded from the 2013 version, Teens are more likely to smoke if they see
smoking in the movies.

Rensselaer
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Dont
know/Refused

36%
31%
10%
11%
12%
0%

Survey Procedures and Samples Derived


30 to 44
Nature of the Sample
Albany County Residents
Gender
Male
Female
Age
18 to 29

45 to 59
60 and older
48
%
52
%

Children in Household
No
Yes

25
%

22
%
26
%
24
%
59
%
38
%

Education
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Less than college


degree
Bachelor's degree or
higher
Income
Less than $50,000
$50,000 to $100,000
$100,000 or more
Cigarette Smoker
Never smoked
Smoked in past
Currently smokes

51
%
47
%
31
%
26
%
24
%
63
%
25
%
12
%

30 to 44
45 to 59
60 and older
Children in Household
No
Yes
Education
Less than college
degree
Bachelor's degree or
higher
Income
Less than $50,000
$50,000 to $100,000
$100,000 or more
Cigarette Smoker
Never smoked
Smoked in past
Currently smokes

%
24
%
29
%
26
%
58
%
41
%
57
%
42
%
31
%
34
%
19
%
55
%
29
%
16
%

Nature of the Sample


Schenectady County
Residents
Gender
Male
Female
Age
18 to 29

48
%
52
%
20
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Yes
Nature of the Sample
Rensselaer County Residents
Gender
Male
Female
Age
18 to 29
30 to 44
45 to 59
60 and older
Children in Household
No

49
%
51
%
23
%
23
%
28
%
25
%
58
%

Education
Less than college
degree
Bachelor's degree or
higher
Income
Less than $50,000
$50,000 to $100,000
$100,000 or more
Cigarette Smoker
Never smoked
Smoked in past
Currently smokes

42
%
55
%
44
%
28
%
31
%
30
%
55
%
28
%
16
%

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