Kentucky Smoking Ban

12:55 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Kentucky Receives "F" Rating on Tobacco Policy

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Kentucky is receiving failing grades across the board in a new report from the American Lung Association.

The report criticizes the commonwealth for having one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the nation, as well as poor access to smoking cessation programs.

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12:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Is 2015 the Year Kentucky's General Assembly Passes a Statewide Smoking Ban?

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FRANKFORT — Could 2015 be the year a statewide smoking ban finally passes? With both House and Senate committee chairs ready to sign onto the ban, and a growing popularity among Kentuckians, the prospects are looking better than ever.

For the fifth consecutive year, state Rep. Susan Westrom is sponsoring legislation that bans smoking in indoor public places throughout Kentucky.

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2:51 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Bob Davies: Board of Regents will Discuss Proposed Tobacco Ban and Employee Raises

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Update: Audio of the interview broadcast during Sounds Good on November 24 added to post

Originally posted November 18:

Murray State University President Bob Davies says the Board of Regents has some key decisions to make at its next meeting, among them: implementing a campus-wide tobacco products ban and possible employee raises. 

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12:20 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Smoke-Free Coalition To Make Another Legislative Push in 2015


After another legislative session in which a statewide smoke-free bill stalled in Frankfort, the Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition is beginning an optimistic 2015 push.

A previous effort sponsored by Lexington Democrat Rep. Susan Westrom died in the House amid speculation that tobacco lobbying and election year concerns contributed to its demise.

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Health Care
9:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Western Kentucky Smokers Less Likely than Others to Be Offered Help to Quit at Their Doctor’s Office

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According to a new poll, doctors in western Kentucky don’t ask their patients who are smokers if they would like to kick the habit as often as other physicians in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Health Issues Poll found 58 percent of all Kentucky smokers were asked by their doctor if they would like information on quitting. The foundation’s  President Susan Zepeda says in western Kentucky the amount dropped to 45 percent.

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10:12 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Westrom: Lobbying Taking Toll on Smoking-Ban Bill

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Tobacco companies have spent nearly $70,000 in the first month of the 2014 General Assembly, according to lobbying data from the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

And the sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some private businesses says that that money is sowing doubt over its chances in the House.

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9:42 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Smoking Ban: 'Uphill Battle' in Kentucky House

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) says that mustering legislative support for a bill that would ban smoking in private businesses and public areas is “an uphill battle.”

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