Poll says 77 percent of Kansans like new smoking ban

There's broad support for Kansas' statewide smoking ban, a poll released Wednesday finds.

The survey found support for the law similar among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Some 59 percent of respondents said they'd be less likely to vote for legislative candidates who favor repealing the ban.

A coalition of anti-smoking groups including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Clean Air Kansas paid for the survey.

"These results show what we have always known – Kansans understand second-hand smoke is a serious health hazard, and they don't want their right to breathe clean air taken away," said James Gardner, a physician and chairman of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition. "