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How Far Away Is Kentucky from Being Smoke-Free?

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The smoking bans began in restaurants or bar/restaurants where clientele under the age of 21 were allowed.

It stretched to public city-owned property.

Recent polling makes me wonder how far away Kentucky is from being smoke-free altogether?

And what exactly is the definition of “smoke-free” in this situation?

The Louisville Courier-Journal has reported that a recent poll suggests most Kentuckians support a statewide smoke-free law.

The Journal talked to Ben Chandler. He’s the president of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and he says the organization is ready to lobby for an increase in the state’s cigarette tax which is currently at 60 cents a pack–more than a dollar lower than the national average.

Additionally, the poll that was released earlier this month shows that even more Kentucky residents than who were polled LAST year are in favor of a smoking ban in most public places.

71% are in favor of such a ban as opposed to 66% a year ago.

But since a statewide smoke-free bill died in the House in 2016, the road blocks to such a ban are apparent.

I guess we’ll see what happens if the percentage of people who’d like to see the ban in place continues to grow.


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