Strong majority support banning the purchase of alcohol and tobacco on EBT cards - 604 participants

Mar 19, 2014

A proposed bill to ban the purchase of alcohol and tobacco products on Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards will likely not be passed this year. On January 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH prohibit alcohol and tobacco purchases with EBT cards?”

“Should NH prohibit alcohol and tobacco purchases with EBT cards?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Alcohol and Tobacco EBT Purchase NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 604 participants gave 1,484 responses

A total of 81% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 19% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 604 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,484 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 95% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of prohibiting alcohol and tobacco purchases with EBT cards. 

  • “It's our money they are spending, not their own. No one living off my money needs alcohol or tobacco.”
  • "It should be a hand up, not a hand out."
  • "Eliminate the ATM withdrawal option and eliminate the option of purchasing anything except the essentials. The option of purchasing cigarettes and alcohol is personally offensive."

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 5%, were opposed to prohibiting alcohol and tobacco purchases with EBT cards.   

  • “It's the recipient’s money. Period."

Other: As noted above, 19% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Personal experiences: “Some of us don't leach off the system and only use it (be)cause even with a job it was pretty much either buy food for my kids or pay bills.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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