Smoke Free Horry presented findings from a recent survey of tourists at the North Myrtle Beach library Tuesday. In the survey, 94% of those polled considered secondhand smoke a health hazard.
72 % said it was important to them to dine in a restaurant or bar that is smoke free.
69% were more likely to select a vacation destination that has a smoke free law.
Only 41% said a smoke free ordinance would make them think of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach as more family friendly.
“We’re interviewing people who want smoke free environments and in fact have smoke free policies and the states where they come from. So in anyway if we want to be receptive and responsive to our tourists who come to this area, we probably need to listen to their thoughts and wished for what they want when they arrive,” said George DuRant, spokesperson for Smoke Free Horry.
Smoke Free Horry uses grant money to help all Horry County residents quit smoking.
Smoke Free Horry is an organization that strives to educate the public about the dangers of second hand smoke and the benefits of smoke free work places.