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Poll Shows Steady Support for Statewide Smoke-Free Law in KY

Publication Date: 2016-01-05
  • Author:Greg Stotelmyer
  • Publication:Public News Service

A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local communities.

Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says lawmakers should take notice that support from Kentuckians is holding firm.

"I think it sends a clear signal that support for smoke-free environments isn't going away," says Zepeda. "Support is strong among Republicans and Democrats and independents."

Just over half of those polled back in 2011, 54 percent, backed a statewide smoke-free law. It spiked to to 65 percent in 2013 and remains steady in the new poll, at 66 percent...