Kentucky smoking ban

Forty-one communities in Kentucky, including Lexington, Louisville, and Kenton County, have smoke-free policies covering workplaces and enclosed public places, but efforts to establish a statewide smoking ban have failed for years. 

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Representatives in Kentucky's Democratic-led House Friday voted in favor of a statewide smoking ban in public buildings and most workplaces.

The vote was close, with a final tally of 51-46

The measure isn't a done deal. It heads next to the Republican-led Senate, where it faces an uphill battle. The Senate Majority Leader has said there's not much support there to pass a smoking ban.

  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.

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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.