Two separate bills calling for a state-wide smoking ban in public spaces and places of employment were introduced in this session of the Kentucky General Assembly, but the chances are slim either will even make it to the floor for a vote. If not, proponents of a smoking ban say they will try again next year. Northern Kentucky Health Department District Director Dr. Lynne Saddler, and Betsy Janes, with Smoke-Free Kentucky, discuss making Kentucky smoke free.
Sales of electronic cigarettes, battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale doses of vaporized nicotine, are expected to reach over $1 billion in the US this year. Some say e-cigarettes help smokers kick their habit, but their long-term health risks are still under study. Dr.
Kentucky is one step closer to enacting a statewide smoking ban after legislation sailed Thursday through the House Committee on Health and Welfare.
House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom, a Democrat of Lexington, would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.
It's the third year the bill has been proposed, but only the second time it's been heard in committee. Gov. Steve Beshear endorsed the proposal Wednesday night in his State of the Commonwealth address.