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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The City of Murray could soon become smoke-free. The city council passed on Thursday the first reading of an ordinance that prohibits smoking in all enclosed public spaces and places of employment within the city.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Tuesday to amend the city’s smoking ban ordinance to continue the prohibition in enclosed public places and extend it to all places of employment.


According to the latest results released from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 85 percent of Kentuckians favor tobacco-free school campuses.

Nearly 1.2 million public housing units would need to become "entirely smoke-free" under a new rule put forth Thursday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

The proposed rule would give more than 3,100 public housing agencies 18 months to ban cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all living units, indoor common areas and within 25 feet of buildings. The ban would also apply to administrative offices.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered a major tobacco company to stop selling several types of cigarettes.

The FDA on Tuesday ordered the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to stop selling four products: Camel Bold Crush, Vantage Tech 13 and the regular and menthol versions of Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter cigarettes.

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More Kentuckians are insured, protected from second-hand smoke and making healthier lifestyle choices, according to a recently released preliminary report on Gov. Steve Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative.

The U.S. adult smoking rate is at an all-time low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Even still, Kentucky's smoking rate remains high compared to the rest of the U.S., and state organizations continue to try to gain support for a statewide smoking ban.

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Owensboro's new smoking ban takes effect Wednesday. The ordinance bans smoking in public spaces like restaurants, stores, and city parks among others.

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.”

The House sponsor of a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban hopes to see a floor vote this week.  But, as Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson reports, proponents realize the measure still faces opposition.