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Beshear extends smoking ban to all state property

Publication Date: 9/5/2014
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:WAVE

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has banned all tobacco products from most state buildings and grounds in an attempt to create momentum for a statewide smoking ban when lawmakers return in January.

Kentucky's state buildings are already smoke-free. But this new policy, effective Nov. 20, bans all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, from state property both indoors and outdoors. The governor's office says it will impact visitors and 33,000 employees in 2,888 state buildings across Kentucky.

Beshear said he made the decision because Kentucky has one of the highest smoking rates in the country...