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Calls for a smoke-free Kentucky grow

Publication Date: 2015-01-07
  • Publication:The Lane Report

Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) shows favor for a smoke-free state

Since 2010, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, has reported Kentucky adults' views about a statewide, smoke-free law. Support for a state law in Kentucky that would prohibit smoking in most public places remains steady. In 2014, nearly 7-in-10 Kentucky adults (66%) favored this type of law, while nearly 3-in-10 opposed the law (29%).

Support across all political parties is solid with 68% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents supporting a statewide smoke-free law. Not surprisingly, the highest support was among non-smokers and those considered "healthiest." Of Kentucky adults who have never smoked, 8-in-10 favored a smoke-free law, while 7-in-10 former smokers also support it; four-in-10 current Kentucky adult current favored a smoke-free law.