Kentucky Smoking Ban

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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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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.

Westrom: Lobbying Taking Toll on Smoking-Ban Bill

Mar 3, 2014
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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.

Smoking Ban: 'Uphill Battle' in Kentucky House

Feb 26, 2014

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.”