Most Canadians Would Ban Smoking in Multi-Family Buildings

Agreement with existing regulations on smoking in public spaces and private vehicles is also high. 

Vancouver, BC [January 17, 2019] – Most Canadians are in favour of prohibiting residents of apartment buildings and condominiums from smoking, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, seven-in-ten Canadians (72%) support banning smoking (tobacco and marijuana) in multi-family buildings, while one-in-four (25%) are opposed.

The highest level of support for the ban is observed among women (74%), Canadians aged 55 and over (also 74%), Quebecers (75%) and British Columbians (74%).

More than two thirds of Canadians (69%) agree with the federal government’s decision to implement plain and standardized tobacco packaging. This was one of several areas covered by Bill C-5, which also established guidelines for vaping products.

Practically nine-in-ten Canadians (89%) agree with banning smoking in indoor public spaces, public transit facilities and workplaces (including restaurants, bars and casinos).

In addition, three-in-four Canadians (76%) agree with banning smoking in private vehicles occupied by children.

“The regulations that have been in place for years to deal with smoking across Canada remain popular,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “There is a high level of support for bringing multi-family dwellings to the list of places where people should not be allowed to smoke.”


Results are based on an online study conducted from January 2 to January 4, 2019, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:
Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.