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Smokefree & Related News
Lexington Musicians Chime In On Smoking Ban
Want Statewide Smoking Ban To Protect Children
Lobbying Taking Toll on Smoking-Ban Bill
OKs bill to ban ecigarette sales to minors
the smoke-free bill
to ban sale of electronic cigarettes to minors clears Kentucky ...
smoking ban doesn't have enough support in House, for ...
Statewide Smoking Ban an 'Uphill Battle,' House Speaker ...
bills moving slowly in Kentucky legislature
sets goals of reducing smoking, obesity, cancer rates in Kentucky
to vote on smoke-free Kentucky bill
Bill Aims to Restrict Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors
smoking ban has 'around 50' votes in House, sponsor says
hopeful 2014 is the year for statewide smoking ban
Beshear participates in Smoke Free Kentucky rally
Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana
The Bluegrass State is considering legalizing medical marijuana. If
the bill becomes law, it would create a system of cultivation facilities
to grow the weed, testing facilities to make sure it's safe for consumption,
and licensed dispensaries to sell it. The dispensaries would not be
allowed within 500 feet of schools, and the bill would not change the
state's laws against smoking in public and operating motor vehicles
wants B'ville smoking ban
Smoke-free law deserves a vote
smoke-free date looms, cessation program ramps up
Committee Votes For Smoking Ban in Kentucky
More College to go tobacco-free in June
could regulate sale of e-cigs
Samson enforces thirdhand smoke policy
in dorms compromises on-campus living
recognized as state leader in ending tobacco use, is two ...
smoking ban's time has come
bill bans those under 18 from buying e-cigarettes
smoking ban is cloudy issue
Board of Health Chair Urges Smoking Ban Bill
Two Early Supporters Of Lexington's Historic No-Smoking Ordinance
Worth dying for?
Smoke-Free Bill Gaining Support
Fernander, A.F.; Rayens, M.K.; Adkins, S.; Hahn, E.J., "Local smoke-free public policies, quitline call rate, and smoking status in Kentucky," American Journal of Health Promotion [Epub ahead of print], January 16, 2014.
For every 1-unit increase in the county-level call rate the likelihood
of current smoking status decreased by 9%. Compared to those living
in communities without a policy, those in communities with a smoke-free
public policy were 18% less likely to be current smokers. Limitations
include quitline call rate as the sole indicator of cessation demand,
as well as the cross-sectional design. Conclusion . Communities with
smoke-free policies and higher rates of quitline use have lower rates
of adult smoking.
smoking ban means respecting heritage of tobacco
The toughest challenge in passing a local smoking ban is ensuring that some in ... that would invalidate it while banning smoking in the county's public buildings.
County to hold public meeting on proposed smoking ban
Bullitt County to hold public meeting on proposed smoking ban .... The Bullitt County Health Department passed a resolution in 2011 banning smoking in all ...
may ban hookah products for minors
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There may be a smoking ban in the city of Louisville, but smoking hasn't stopped. Popular hookah bars and restaurants are all the ...
Opinion: Statewide e-cigarette ban needed for minors
In most states, including Kentucky, there is no prohibition against selling electronic cigarettes to minors. That could help explain some of the e-cigarette flavors, ...
seeking statewide smoking restrictions
shows support for statewide smoking ban
New poll results recently released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky show the support for a statewide smoke-free law is at its highest point evereven in regions with high levels of smokers in the population, like Eastern Kentucky....
smoking legislation filed in Frankfort
Kentucky Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, and Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, announced plans to file legislation that restricts smoking in public places statewide. Louisville already has a ban on smoking
to push plan to cut smoking rates in Ky.
He says he'll again support a statewide smoking ban in public places. Beshear says many Kentuckians live in places with such bans, and says it's time to "fill in ...
Opinion: Lawmakers, give voters smoke ban they want
There was a time, not so long ago, when politicians in tobacco-growing states wouldn't go anywhere near a discussion of smoke-free laws. They knew most of ...
| Statewide Smoking Ban: The Time Is Now ...
In 2006, when Louisville's Metro Council passed the city's first ban
on smoking in public places, remember all the warnings about what would
happen if we took ...
County postpones smoking ban vote
Kentuckians support smoke-free law, health survey says
are changing and fast on Kentucky smoke-free law
of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoking Ban
Meet The "Little Girl" Who Helped Frankfort Go ...
prompt calls to Kentucky Poison Control Center
cause alarming increase in calls to poison control center
Policies Spread To Kentucky Campuses
Urges Statewide Smoking Ban
...king ban inside Kentucky's workplaces and public buildings has the
... Cooper says a statewide smoking ban, much like a seat belt law,
is in the ...
smoke-free advocates plan gathering
needs to enact smoke-free law
to testify in favor of a statewide smoke-free workplace law
could lose $45 million in tobacco settlement money
Voices: Smoke-free laws build groundwork to battle lung cancer
shouldn't get Medicaid or Medicare, says GOP legislator ...
report for Lawrence, Elliott restaurants
looks to go tobacco free next year
announces move toward tobacco-free campus
public library goes smoke free
Ky. health group signs on to ban smoking statewide
Bingo Parlor to remain smoke-free
question tobacco-free policies
group pushes for smoking ban
parlor wants exemption from non-smoking ordinance
is right plan for college ($$)
State Becomes Tobacco Free Campus
State University goes smoke free
Kentucky a smoke-free state
turns away challenge to tobacco-free prisons
turns away challenge to tobacco free prison
bans smoking in more areas
extends smoke ban to sidewalks, parks
bars smoking in public buildings ($$)
first in state smoking ban paves the way for more than ...
school district goes smoke free on campus
week in review
Public smoking ban overdue in Kentucky
Passes Smoking Ban, South Beach Smoke Offers ...
laws still a debate in Ky.
Mayfield public smoking ban passes first vote, second ...
34 Percent Of Kentucky Covered By Smoke-Free Laws
sales lighting up detention center's canteen fund
gets more than $101 million in tobacco settlement money
confident customers prefer smoke-free
smoking ban in Elkhorn City to be enforced starting this month
County Public Library going smoke-free
ban gets final approval in Elkhorn City
takes step toward smoking ban
Kick Butts Day, Bourbon County student rally seeking smoking ban
City Looking at Smoking Ban
Letter | Kentucky misses chance to go smoke-free
smoke about the smoking ban
smoking ban just part of Jett's legacy
ban gets 'a good scrubbing' before House Judiciary Committee
ban fails in Kentucky legislature
smoke-free restaurants, other attractions in guide
for Statewide Smoking Ban Dies in General Assembly
ban bill unlikely to survive
Looking At Statewide Smoking Ban
ban proposed: if passed would be statewide
e-cigs in Ky. smoking ban
messenger-inquirer-February 15, 2013
FRANKFORT Gov. Steve Beshear continued his push Thursday for a statewide smoking ban in restaurants and other public places, calling on lawmakers to ...
Former basketball star rallies for statewide smoking ban
WDRB-February 15, 2013
Former basketball star rallies for statewide smoking ban. Posted .... Half the people in the Commonwealth now are covered by no-smoking bans," said State Sen.
Smoking ban supporters rally at Capitol
The Courier-Journal-Feb February 15, 2013
Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, said there are now 23 Kentucky communities who have instituted smoking bans, including Williamsburg, which passed a ban this ...
continues push for statewide smoking ban
passes smoking ban
debates possible smoking ban
panel passes public smoking ban bill
lawmakers considering making state smoke-free
Corps Goes Smoke Free in Muhlenberg
Dept. won't try to impose smoking ban
Promotes Tobacco-Free Policy With Community Report Line
quality study shows vast difference between city, county
tobacco free means for NKU
City Council considers smoking ban; mayor says it ...
for state smoking ban; Public support strong, benefits clear
Spending $90000 In Ky. On Anti-smoking Ads
appointed to Tobacco Oversight Committee
Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock
Groups Launch Ad Campaign Calling for Smoke-Free Kentucky
aims to ban tobacco on campus
in poll back statewide smoking ban
4 in 10 current smokers support statewide smoke-free law in Kentucky
hospital to ban smoking in 2013
Goes Tobacco Free
Rules Health Boards Can Pass Smoking Bans
Report: Kentucky Ranks 37th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
school board to vote on smoking ban Monday night
Rayens, M.K.; York, N.L.; Adkins, S.M.; Kaufman, E.L.; Hahn, E.J., "Political climate and smoke-free laws in rural Kentucky communities," Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice 13(2): 90-97, May 2012.
The purpose was to determine factors associated with rural communities' political readiness to enact smoke-free laws. Data from baseline assessment of a longitudinal intervention study to promote smoke-free policy in rural Kentucky communities; key informants (n = 144) and elected officials (n = 83) from 29 counties participated in cross-sectional telephone interviews. Controlling for population size and county-level smoking rate, the following factors predicted elected officials' perception of the likelihood of a local smoke-free law passing in the next 12 months: (1) support from the local board of health; (2) support from local leaders; and (3) smoke-free hospitals. Communities with lower adult smoking prevalence were more ready for smoke-free laws. Rural health advocates can increase political readiness for smoke-free laws by educating and engaging Board of Health members and local leaders, promoting the voluntary adoption of smoke-free policies in rural hospitals, and investing in effective population-based approaches to evidence-based tobacco treatment in rural communities.
the air for non-smokers
calls for countywide smoking ban
County government, health department battle over smoking ban
passes smoking ban ($$)
Lexington's indoor smoking ban, many strip-club patrons are lighting
passes first reading of smoking ban
Officials in another western Kentucky city have taken a preliminary
vote to ban smoking. The Kentucky New Era (http://bit.ly/UbULwZ) reports
the Hopkinsville ...
enacts email system to report smoking violations
Legends hosts meeting of Smoke-Free Kentucky group
smoking ban is a working compromise for everyone
Student Government hears about tobacco-free ...
Editorial: Smoking ban remains many words and few actions
ban is still at issue in Bullitt
Health departments in all three counties filed a letter to the court supporting the ban in Bullitt. Locally, Hillview is one of many communities that bans smoking in
in the park
Boasts First And Only Smoke Free Public Park
Pushing Statewide Smoking Ban Touring State, Including Warren and Pulaski
Advocates of a statewide smoking ban are taking their issue on a five
day tour before Fancy Farm to drum up support. The Smoke Free Kentucky
Coalition has pushed a statewide smoking ban law in the General Assembly
for the last two years. And they are making next years legislative
session a key moment in their fight.
going smoke free in city buildings, cars
The northeastern Kentucky city of Greenup is planning to blow the smoke
out of all city-owned buildings and cars.
the Road to a Healthier Kentucky: Smoke-Free KY Will Kick Off ...
Tour Will Rally Public Support for Statewide Smoke-Free Law.
Poll Shows Majority of Kentuckians Favor Statewide Smoking Ban
Most Kentuckians think child obesity is a problem
Respondents to the foundation's Kentucky Health Issues poll also said
that the state should have a smoke-free law. The telephone poll was
sponsored by the ... 54 percent favor a statewide smoking ban, versus
61 percent in greater Lexington and 54 percent in Eastern Kentucky.
Ky. mayor pushes smoking ban
Dictatorship community wants smoking ban in public places ($$)
mayor proposes smoking ban ($$)
Advocates Claim Momentum
t was eight years ago this month that the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld
Lexingtons smoking ban which had passed the previous July as the
states first smoke-free law. Now, nearly a decade later, anti-smoking
advocates say the momentum for a statewide smoking ban is intensifying
and they are in a full court press. ...
properties going smoke-free
Released from Daviess Co., KY Air Quality, Smoking Study
The ordinance only includes businesses that allow customers under the
age of 18 ... Even in the places that don't allow smoking, the unhealthy
particles are ...
of Indoor Air Quality Study to be Released in Daviess County
Six years after a smoke-free ordinance was implemented, the Health Department is releasing the results of an indoor air quality survey in Daviess County.
Voices: Smoke-free laws hallmark of civil, tolerant society
...21 commentary by John Garen, "Smoking bans do
not fit in a civil, tolerant society." University of Kentucky professor
John Garen missed the point in his ...
Clark Regional Hospital will be tobacco free
Panel Approves Statewide Smoking Ban
Senate President David Williams said he supports a statewide smoking
ban, though Rep. ... according to Kentucky.com have already implemented
Smoking Ban Debate Continues in Kentucky
"It's really not about the smoker. It's about the second-hand smoke that comes off of a cigarette or a cigar and we just believe it's an unnecessary health risk," says Tonya Chang.
panel votes, 10-2, to impose public smoking ban
By Roger Alford AP FRANKFORT - FRANKFORT - One of the nation's top tobacco-producing states would ban residents from smoking cigarettes in public places ...
Capitol Notes: Busy legislative day sees UPike compromise ...
Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, would ban smoking inside public places, businesses and other workplaces across Kentucky. Only private residences-except those ...
neede[sic] for smoking ordinance
Such change does not take away the right of public facilities that
want to have non smoking places. A modification- to the present ordinance-
there should ...
testing flap holds up vote on state smoking ban
A flap over a proposal to conduct random drug testing on welfare recipients
delayed a vote Thursday on legislation that would impose a statewide
ban on smoking in public places.
Tonya Chang, advocacy director
in Kentucky for the American Heart Association, said she was disappointed
the vote on the smoking ban, a prickly issue in a ...
boycott delays vote on Kentucky smoking ban bill
A Republican boycott of the Democratic-controlled House Health and
Welfare Committee stopped a bill that would impose a statewide smoking
ban from getting a ...
A statewide smoking ban was scheduled to be heard in a Frankfort ... hearing came on the heels of a number of Kentucky towns passing their own bans.
Letter | Health executives urge support for statewide ...
We write in support of the proposal to ban smoking in
all indoor workplaces statewide. Others have written eloquently about
the pernicious health effects of ...
Kentucky USA Lends Her Support to Statewide Smoking Ban
VIEW: Smoking ban won't cause Birmingham to wither away
ban advocates plan red rally at state capitol
Those who want to ban smoking inside buildings across Kentucky hope
to use Valentine's Day to send a message to lawmakers at the capitol.
Ponder Move to Make Kentucky Smoke-Free
Smoking in restaurants, workplaces and other indoor public spots would
be ... policy to help protect nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand
OKs smoke-free nights
of L, UK chiefs agree: Kentucky needs smoke-free law
And one of the most important reasons is because
smoking rates continue ... Already, more and more Kentucky communities
are passing smoke-free ordinances.
passes smoking ban
Somerset, KY: ... governments should have, the City Council voted 11-1 on Monday to pass the ordinance that would ban smoking in enclosed public areas within the city. ...
smoke-free law will aid Ky. health, economy
Already, more and more Kentucky communities are passing smoke-free
ordinances. These smoke-free cities are more attractive for students,
young professionals ...
ban valuable to our community
post might go smoke-free
ordinance goes into effect Sunday in Corbin
When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, smokers at local businesses
and other public places will have to step outside if they want to light
up as Corbin's smoking ordinance takes effect. ...
G. Zepeda: Kentucky: Go smoke-free
Despite Kentucky's low ranking in many health areas, we are making progress when it comes to protecting residents from exposure to carcinogens in tobacco smoke. According to the most recent Health Issues Poll commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 54 percent of those polled favor a state law in Kentucky that would prohibit smoking in most public places, including workplaces, public buildings, offices, restaurants and bars. ...
ad campaign emphasizes dangers of secondhand smoke exposure
Kentucky's smoking rate remains the second highest in
the country with 24.8 percent ... of Kentucky to assist communities
in seeking smoke-free ordinances. ...
Legion and VFW can Smoke in BG
The city of Bowling Green will stop enforcing the smoking ban against the American Legion and VFW until further notice. ...
On Bowling Green TODAY 12/21/2011
A Warren District Court judge has overturned the citation against American
Legion Post 23 for violating Bowling Green's smoking ban. ...
Most Kentuckians Favor Statewide Smoking Ban
board supports Bullitt County defense of smoking ban
poll: Kentuckians would favor statewide smoking ban
cited again for smoking
Passed in April by the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners as a way
to address public health, the ordinance prohibits smoking in most public
to go up in smoke at health dept.
makes push for smoke-free policy
Thirty-one Kentucky communities now have smoke-free laws or regulations
and the Cumberland Valley District Health Department hopes to see Bell
County join the list. ...
ban ordinance passes
A smoking ban ordinance was unanimously passed Wednesday by Corbin's
ban ordinance passes
The ordinance bans smoking in all public places within the city's limits.
... During prior meetings, Gregory had maintained the ban would be an
intrusion by ...
post smoking case put on hold
Cherry said after the hearing that the ordinance had the effect of
reducing the number of people who have come to take part in gaming events,
prepares to vote on smoking ban
Bill White is the manager of White's Pro Billiards and opposes the smoking ban. "Personally, I'm against it. I think that I will lose some customers or make ...
pushes for smoking ban in Bourbon Co.
The Coalition for Smoke Free Bourbon County held a press conference
this evening to discuss how dangerous second hand smoke is. ...
smoking ban must not weaken local laws
When he introduced a statewide smoking ban 25 years ago, ... The legislature banned smoking in the public areas of the Capitol just seven years ago, ...
in Kentucky Burdened by Asthma
| Snuff it out
lawmaker to propose statewide smoking ban
Backed by a coalition of health and anti-smoking groups, Rep. Susan
Westrom said Wednesday that she plans to file a bill for the 2012 legislative
session to enact a statewide smoking ban in public places. ...
Chamber President Backs Workplace Smoking Ban
helps fund Bullitt smoking ban appeal
The Clark County Board of Health will support the Bullitt County Board of Health as it appeals a Bullitt Circuit Court decision ruling a county-wide indoor smoking ban unconstitutional. ...
County Health Department Approves Smoking Ban Appeal
The Bullitt County Board of Health is not giving up its struggle to enact a county-wide smoking ban and has decided to appeal a court decision restricting its power to create and enforce new regulations.
Co. health board to fight decision against smoking ban
Bullitt County's Board of Health plans to appeal a court ruling that
struck down a planned smoking ban for the county. The Courier-Journal
reports that the
strikes down Bullitt Co. smoking ban
word yet on legality of Bullitt County smoking ban
County Waits For Smoking Ban Response
19, when the ban is scheduled to take effect. The Bullitt County Health Department passed a smoking ban that puts restrictions on where people may smoke,
hears case on Bullitt County smoking ban
ban in Bullitt County heads to court
Ban Raising Questions
Commission hopefuls want to alter smoking ban
Two candidates for Bowling Green City Commission have already taken
the position that the city's anti-smoking ordinance needs to be revised.
files response in smoking ban lawsuit
Simpson has argued in court filings that the language in the city's smoking ordinance is virtually identical to the language in a smoking ban in effect in ...
23's appeal cites Lexington smoking ruling
prepares to adopt smoke free policy
buying fewer cigarettes
A state economist is estimating that Kentucky smokers
purchased 120 million fewer packs of cigarettes over the past two years.
to back Campbell Co. businesses
On Bowling Green TODAY 6/10/2011
County's ban on e-cigarettes, hookahs begins next Monday
file an appeal to smoking ban
The attorney representing American Legion Post 23 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 in the organizations' battle against the city's smoking ban has appealed the citation issued last week at a charitable gaming
Denies Smoking Ban Injunction
Morgantown Road's Quality Quick Service owner Mike Sherrell filed a petition for an injunction on grounds that the ban was unconstitutional.
On Bowling Green TODAY 4/29/2011
Green Smoking Ban Now In Effect
bar owners in Kenton Co. have mixed reaction to smoking ban
On Bowling Green TODAY 4/22/2011
Files Lawsuit Against Bowling Green Smoking Ban
ban to begin in Kenton Co.
ban repeal not stopping local businesses from going smoke-free
While the county-wide smoking ban was repealed, some Campbell
County business owners are taking smoking out of their establishments
anyway and other businesses have been smoke-free for years. ...
Judge: Petition against smoking ban too broad
lawsuit filed to stop Bullitt smoking ban
County health board bans electronic cigarettes
Catharine College to go smoke-free
asks for smoking changes
People weren't overflowing out of the City Hall commission chamber
Tuesday night, and no petitions were presented, but local attorney Alan
Simpson still spoke to the Bowling Green City Commission in hopes it
would consider additional exemptions or an outright repeal of the smoking
N.Ky. restaurant goes smoke-free
Ban About To Go Into Effect in Kenton County
Smoking Ban Lawsuit
award a dubious distinction
Kenton and Campbell county officials recently received awards for banning
smoking inside restaurants, bars and other workplaces. And no, Campbell
County doesn't have to return its award because its ban was repealed
before it could take effect ...
Co. cities and Fiscal Court take health board to court
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An unusual sight Monday in Bullitt County
as the cities and Fiscal Court hauled their own health department into
court. They're suing the board of health after it passed a smoking ban
last week. ...
ban ruling in Bullitt County case months away
supports decision on smoking ban
County magistrates listen to residents' opinion on proposed smoking
Jessamine County Fiscal Court magistrates listened to people from around
the county and surrounding areas express their feelings about a proposed
smoking ban Tuesday night. ...
remains hot topic for Board of Health members
ordinance for Jessamine debated
NICHOLASVILLE -- For about an hour Monday night, members of the Nicholasville
City Commission listened as more than a dozen people talked about a
smoking ban that is being considered for all of Jessamine County. ...
Jessamine's indoor air pollution much higher than Lexington's
Co. Commissioners Consider Alternatives To Smoking Ban
Kenton County's smoking ban is scheduled to go into affect April 15, but the ban may go up in smoke. A divided County Commission listened to a divided ...
County officials ponder smoking ban
Rick Turner says he's upset by a smoking ban that could be passed here in Jessamine County. If the ordinance passes, Jessamine County would join these counties across the state which have enacted similar bans. Turner says ordinances like these destroy his rights.
"I just think we ought to have some rights and we ought to have some choices. You either do that or you move to a communist nation where you don't have any choices," says Turner.
While some people feel the ordinance will trample upon their rights,
the man behind the ordinance, County Magistrate Terry Meckstroth, says
it's all about public safety ...
Nicholasville, Wilmore officials to discuss smoking ban
repeals indoor smoking ban
NEWPORT After 3½ hours of debate Wednesday, Campbell County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 to snuff out the proposed countywide smoking ban that would have prohibited smoking inside bars, restaurants and other businesses that welcome the public.
That result had been expected for weeks, even before the former Fiscal Court voted during its final meeting in mid-December to approve the ban. Officials allowed everyone who wished to speak Wednesday to express their opinion.
Opponents of the ban agued that government should respect individual liberties and business freedoms. Ban opponents made up a strong majority of the approximately 140 people who sat and stood to participate in the proceedings plus at least a dozen more who watched on television from the lobby of the countys Newport administrative building.
Two officials suggested compromises ...
County To Vote on Smoking Ban
Co. smoking ban may be short lived
NEWPORT, Ky. - The smoking ban adopted last year for Campbell County
is under review and could be repealed before it ever takes effect depending
on an upcoming vote. ...
repeal smoking ban, Campbell County urged
Indications are that Wednesday evening's meeting of the Campbell County
Fiscal Court again will be packed with proponents and opponents of a
smoke-free law that would ban smoking in bars, bowling alleys and other
businesses that are open to the public. After numerous hours of debate,
county officials are expected to take their final vote Wednesday. Opponents
at this meeting in Alexandria wore bright green stickers ...
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - February 15, 2011
A survey done for the Bullitt County Health Department has found broad support for a smoking ban in businesses. Seventy-five percent of the 400 residents ...
long road to Louisville's smoking ban
On June 5, 2003, a group rallied on the steps of the old Jefferson County Courthouse and began an effort to ban smoking in a town whose history is intertwined with tobacco.
Smoke Free Louisville -- a coalition with about 150 members that grew
out of the local heart and lung associations and the cancer society
-- started its campaign that day with little more than faith and $300,000
smoking ban for Kentucky
FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A push is underway in Frankfort to implement a statewide smoking ban. On Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda a rally took place that backed a bill that would place a ban on smoking in all indoor workplaces and public places.
The sponsor of the bill does not expect it to pass although they explained that these things take time and this rally was a step in the right direction. "I don't expect the smoke free bill to get through this year," Susan Westrom of Fayette County said,"My intention was merely educate our legislators." ...
care bills focus on smoking, obesity
Green is Smoke-Free in 90 Days
It's official! Bowling Green is becoming a Smoke-Free City.
Some businesses are thinking ahead of how they will serve customers in the future.
"Provide the environment for those who don't smoke and for those who do smoke. Arrange for a reasonable location and a place to sit and stand outside and be able to come back in," said Scott Collins.
"50 percent of people like it, 50 percent of people don't like it, something we are going to offer is we have a 1800 square foot patio, that will open up that they will be able to smoke on," said Jeff Zeman.
In a three-to-two vote, the Smoking Ban in Bowling Green, passes its
second reading. ...
city close to banning indoor smoking
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. A southern Kentucky city is on the cusp of passing a ban on smoking at most indoor businesses.
The Bowling Green City Commission will vote Monday on a second reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking at most indoor businesses in the city.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that first reading passed 3-2.
Commissioners Bruce Wilkerson and Joe Denning voted no ...
candidates spar over smoking ban
LOUISVILLESenate President David Williams said Friday he supports a statewide smoking ban, but two of his rivals in this year's race for governor said the issue should be decided by property owners.
Louisville businessman Phil Moffett said government has no business making decisions regarding private property and that he thinks the effects of second-hand smoke have been "overblown." Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, running as an independent, said it's the right of property owners to determine whether facilities should allow smoking.
The comments on such a ban and other issues came during a 90-minute
forum at the winter convention of the Kentucky Press Association ...
Green takes first step to ban smoking
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. Bowling Green City Commissioners have taken a preliminary vote to ban smoking in the south-central Kentucky city.
WBKO-TV reports commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night in favor of the
ban that would prohibit smoking in all public and work places. Another
vote is required before the ban is approved. ...
Green officials to discuss smoking ban
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. Officials in Bowling Green plan to discuss a proposal to ban smoking at most private businesses in the south-central Kentucky city.
The proposal is expected to get a preliminary vote at Tuesday's city
commission meeting, with a final vote before the end of the month. Commissioner
Brian "Slim" Nash is proposing the ban and Commissioner Bill
Waltrip and Mayor Elaine Walker have said they support it ...
to hear reading of anti-smoking bill
There will be a first and a last at Tuesdays Bowling Green City Commission meeting.
Commissioners will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would make most businesses in the city smoke free.
Commissioner Brian Slim Nash filed the legislation late Thursday afternoon. The bill is expected to pass. Commissioner Bill Waltrip and Mayor Elaine Walker have publicly supported a smoking ban in the past.
If the first reading passes Tuesday night, Nash said he plans to call a special meeting to vote on a second reading prior to Walker being sworn in as Kentuckys secretary of state Jan. 29.
Nash said last week he wants to get the issue settled before a new mayor and/or commissioner come on board and are faced with such a controversial issue.
The meeting will be Walkers last scheduled meeting as mayor. Walker was appointed Jan. 7 by Gov. Steve Beshear to become secretary of state, replacing the outgoing Trey Grayson.
Walker will be sworn in to office by Chief Justice John D. Minton in
Ban Could Be Headed Bowling greens Way
Smoking a cigarette may be a personal choice, but soon it may not be a public choice.
Tuesday night the Bowling Green City Commission will go over a proposed public smoking ban, written by commissioner Brian 'Slim' Nash.
"The ordinance covers any indoor environment that serves the public so any work place would be covered," he said.
This doesn't sit too well with one local business owner who allows his employees and customers to smoke.
"I don't really agree with it every business owner has the right to specify if something should be you know smoke ban or not," Alan Felts said.
And those who enjoy a cigarette while eating a meal, aren't too joyful about it either.
"I think it's my right. If you don't want to be around smoking go to a place that doesn't allow it. You don't have to make every place that way," Robert Holland said.
Although one restaurant manager isn't too worried about business if the ban passes. ...
for smoke-free Ky. at local and state levels
A legislative proposal for a statewide smoke-free law is no excuse for letting up on local efforts.
As the bill's sponsor, Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, candidly admitted, it would take a "miracle" for the legislation to be enacted in this session of the General Assembly.
Still, it's great that Westrom and seven co-sponsors got the ball and this important discussion rolling. Kentuckians, who suffer more than most from tobacco-related disease, deserve statewide protections from secondhand smoke the sooner the better.
We weren't surprised by a poll that found 59 percent of the state's voters support a statewide prohibition on smoking in workplaces, public buildings, offices, restaurants and bars. The poll found that 44 percent strongly favor such a law. Support also crosses party lines, including 60 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats. ...
bill would target smokers in cars with children
Smoking in a vehicle where a child under 17 is present would be illegal under a bill filed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.
A person in a vehicle with a child could not smoke "cigars, cigarettes or other tobacco in any form" under House Bill 216. ...
Kenton may repeal smoking ban, too
INDEPENDENCE If Campbell Fiscal Court repeals its countywide ordinance prohibiting smoking inside public places, Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus will recommend that Kenton Fiscal Court also revoke that countys smoking legislation.
Campbell Fiscal Courts three county commissioners, led by newly elected Pete Garrett, indicated last week that they plan to revoke the smoke-free ordinance, likely within two meetings, the Enquirer previously reported.
If Campbell County takes the lead and decides to initiate a policy
opposite of what they have today, basically no ban at all, then I will
bring that up to this fiscal court, that they should seriously consider
the same thing, Arlinghaus said after Tuesdays Kenton Fiscal
Court meeting ...
is hopeful about term
Whitley Countys health officials plan to push for a smoking ban similar to efforts underway in Knox County.
The Whitley County effort will begin much as it did in Knox, with health officials seeking to educate the public as well as city and county leaders about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke, according to Katharine Lay, health educator for Whitley County Health Department.
Health officials are also seeking public input in the matter. A Times-Tribune online poll is set to launch today that will give area residents the chance to weigh-in on the issue.
Lay is among area health officials who formed Tri-County Clear the
Air, a coalition that that seeks the passage of smoking bans in public
A smoking ban
The bill to impose a statewide ban on smoking in indoor workplaces in Kentucky should be a no-brainer. Instead, of course, it will face a steep, and perhaps insurmountable, uphill fight.
The price that tobacco-related illnesses exact is frightening. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, the annual death toll is 443,000 Americans, making smoking the leading preventable cause of death. Of that number, about 49,000 people lose their lives due to the effects of secondhand smoke. On average, deceased smokers are robbed of between 13 and 14 years of life. For every death caused by smoking, there are about 20 Americans suffering a tobacco-related illness.
The financial costs are staggering as well, as calculated by the CDC. Each year, direct medical costs total about $96 billion, and the price tag of lost productivity is about $97 billion.
In Kentucky, the statistics are worse than national averages. The state is tied with West Virginia for the nation's highest adult smoking rate 25.6 percent, compared with a 20.6 percent national rate and as a result Kentucky ranks among the top states for lung and cardiovascular disease.
Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have some form of statewide smoke-free laws. Support for a state ban is growing even in Indiana, tied with Missouri for the nation's fifth-highest adult smoking rate at 23.1 percent. This is a national trend Kentucky should join. ...
lawmaker proposes statewide smoking ban
FRANKFORT State lawmakers on Thursday filed the first bill calling for a statewide ban on smoking in or near the entrances of workplaces and public places, including restaurants, bars, hotels and bingo halls.
Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, the primary sponsor, said it would be "a miracle" if the General Assembly approved her bill this year, although House and Senate leaders from both parties have expressed support for a statewide smoking ban.
A health-education campaign might be necessary to win enough votes, Westrom said. ...
of Kentucky Voters Support Comprehensive Statewide Smoke-Free Law
FRANKFORT, Ky., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kentucky health advocates today released a new poll showing 59% of Kentucky voters support passing a law to make all restaurants, bars and other workplaces smoke-free. The release is part of the launch of Smoke-Free Kentucky's campaign to ensure that all Kentuckians have the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air in public places and at work. ...
takes first steps to repeal smoking ban
ALEXANDRIA The Campbell County Fiscal Courts new members took steps at their first meeting to revoke the countywide smoking ban their predecessors approved in December.
At the end of a standing-room-only meeting that earlier had been attended by several dozen opponents of the ban and some proponents, the courts three county commissioners, led by newly elected Pete Garrett, indicated they plan to revoke the ban, likely within the next two meetings.
On Garretts motion Fiscal Court voted 3-1 to direct new Campbell County Attorney Steve Franzen to write legislation repealing the ban so it can receive the first of two required readings during their Jan. 19 meeting in Newport. The second reading and vote likely would happen Feb. 2 in Alexandria.
Joining Garrett was fellow newcomer Commissioner Brian Painter, as
well as Commissioner Ken Rechtin, who last month had cast the lone vote
against the ban. County Judge-executive Steve Pendery was the one-person
minority Wednesday after being part of the three-man majority
with departing commissioners Dave Otto and Mark Hayden that approved
the ban in December ...
smoking ban sought in Kentucky
A bill scheduled to be introduced in the General Assembly today calls for a smoking ban across Kentucky, where residents smoke at the nation's highest rate and tobacco-related illnesses exact a heavy toll.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces with at least one employee, including restaurants, bars and private clubs. It's supported by a coalition of local, state and national health advocates called Smoke Free Kentucky.
We feel like the time has come to make sure everyone across the state is protected, said Amy Barkley, a director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. There's absolutely no reason for anyone to be exposed to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is not just an annoyance; it's a known cause
of premature death and disease in non-smokers, Westrom said. No
one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck. Smoke-free
policies are an easy way to solve a serious public health problem."
Smouldering debate over smoking bans in Kentucky set to re-ignite
NEWPORT, Ky. - Proposed smoking bans look to be a hot issue throughout Kentucky this year, as health authorities push for a state-wide smoking ban.
But they'll have to fight efforts to overturn some local smoking bans, like the one in Campbell County.
It looked like the spring might bring indoor smoking bans to both Kenton and Campbell counties, but now that outlook, at least in Campbell County, appears unclear at best because new members of the Campbell County Fiscal Court want to overturn the previously approved smoking ban.
This week, Campbell County ordered County Attorney Steve Franzen to come up with legislation to overturn the smoking ban there, so the Fiscal Court could vote on it in February. The current ban was due to go into effect in Campbell County in April.
Meanwhile, statewide smoking opponents in Kentucky are going to start a new campaign Thursday to bring an indoor smoking ban to the entire state. ...
County passes compromise indoor smoking ban
Kenton County officials have approved a compromise smoking
ban ordinance. After a vote to institute a comprehensive indoor smoking
ban failed, the panel approved a milder version. It exempts bars that
prohibit patrons under 18, have no employe...
filed over proposed smoking ban
NEWPORT - Several opponents of Campbell County's proposed smoking ban
for bars, restaurants and other public places of business filed a lawsuit
Friday arguing the county has taken the wrong path toward requiring
Ky. city votes against smoking ban proposal
FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- Another city in northern Kentucky has passed a resolution to oppose a proposed smoking ban in Kenton and Campbell counties.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports the Fort Wright City Council vote on Wednesday night was unanimous. The Erlanger City Council passed a similar resolution last week.
Officials in Kenton and Campbell counties plan to vote this month on a proposal that would prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and other public buildings. ...
Libertarian Party weigh in on proposed Northern Ky. smoking ban
he Lexington Herald-Leaders editorial board weighed in on a looming smoking ban proposal in Northern Kentucky this week, prompting a response from Libertarian Party of Kentucky Chairman and Northern Kentucky Tea Party member Ken Moellman.
The editorial urges legislators representing residents of Covington, Florence, Newport, Highland Heights and Fort Thomas to protect their people from the serious harms caused by passive smoking and calls the region out for lagging behind its neighbors in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.
The Herald-Leader goes on to say a smoking regulation is no more intrusive than sanitation or fire exit regulations, and that those opponents of the smoking ban namely the Northern Kentucky Tea Party believe they are fighting for freedom when, in fact, theyre playing stooges for the tobacco industry.
In his response, Moellman criticized the Herald-Leader, whose
delivery and general readership do not reach the Northern Kentucky area,
for even giving its two cents on the issue, saying the Herald-Leader
apparently does not understand that Northern Kentuckians are different
value liberty and freedom and outright reject the ...
smoke-free, Northern Ky.
Northern Kentucky residents should not have to pay for their region's politics with their lungs, hearts and health.
The region lags behind Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati and the rest of Ohio in clearing the air of tobacco smoke.
Even Bardstown and Glasgow, small towns that once lived in synch with the rhythms of growing and harvesting tobacco, have done more than Covington, Florence, Newport, Highland Heights and Fort Thomas to protect their people from the serious harms caused by passive smoking. ...
public notice; Ky. smoking ban vote delayed
INDEPENDENCE, Ky. -- A county legislative vote on a proposed smoking ban in northern Kentucky has been delayed because of inadequate public notice.
The Kenton Fiscal Court met Monday and was expected to take up the issue, but County Attorney Garry Edmondson told The Kentucky Enquirer a notice of the special meeting didn't get posted in a conspicuous place in the courthouse. State statute requires it.
Edmondson says the notice was sent to the courthouse in Independence, but "something broke down" and it didn't get posted on the walls. ...
is now for a smoke ban
For several years, Northern Kentucky has discussed and
debated whether to pass a smoke-free ordinance. I recall attending a
public hearing on the issue in Fort Thomas over three years ago. Public
officials have received hundreds of letters on the issue and numerous
residents and experts have addressed our commission over the years.
I want to thank all those residents who took the time to provide comments
to me on this important issue. Initially, I felt strongly that businesses
should be free to decide whether to go smoke-free and the government
should stay out it. But I continued to study the issue. As my understanding
grew, the decision become clear, Northern Kentucky must pass a comprehensive
smoke-free law. ...
Co. holds public hearing on smoke ban
opposes county smoking ban
NEWPORT, Ky. -- The city of Newport is opposing an indoor smoking ban proposed for Campbell and Kenton counties in northern Kentucky.
The Newport City Commission voted 4-1 Monday on a resolution against the indoor smoking ban in Campbell County. The resolution also includes a request that Campbell County allow the city to opt out of a county smoking ban.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Campbell County Fiscal Court will hold a first reading Wednesday of the ordinance that would prohibit indoor smoking countywide in all public places, including bars and restaurants, except in open, outdoor patio areas. ...
Wants To Opt Out Of Proposed Smoking Ban
NEWPORT, Ky. -- The city of Newport is opposing an indoor smoking ban proposed for Campbell and Kenton counties.
The Newport City Commission voted 4-1 Monday on a resolution against the indoor smoking ban in Campbell County.
The resolution also includes a request that Campbell County allow the
city to opt out of a county smoking ban ...
NEWPORT On Tuesday, officials in several Campbell County cities urged county officials to reconsider or at least let cities opt out of a proposed indoor smoking ban for bars and restaurants.
I dont care what they do in Kenton County, and I dont care what they do in Boone, Alexandria Mayor Dan McGinley said at a quarterly joint meeting of city and county officials. We have to do whats right here. And by me, whats right is letting businesses run their business.
Representatives of about half of the countys 16 cities were present, and all but two spoke against the proposal ...
officials hold final smoking ban forum
The Bullitt County Health Department director told people gathered for the final forum on a possible ban on smoking at businesses that the event was not about rhetoric but science.
This is not a political forum, director Swannie Jett said. This is to look at the science to protect the community.
But many in the crowd of about 60 at the health department last week called the agency a shadow government, claiming that a smoking ban would infringe upon their rights.
Harlen Compton, a spokesman for Bullitt County Choice, a group that says a smoking ban would violate property rights, questioned the rhetoric the health department has used to promote the ban.
When did No one should have to trade their life for a livelihood' replace Give me liberty or give me death'? he asked. ...
laws study information released Tuesday in press conference
A sign posted on the door of The Roasted Mug in downtown Barbourville asks customers to observe the coffee shops no smoking policy.
Owner John Morse, who opened the business three months ago, said hes heard several compliments and no complaints from customers about the policy.
A 2009 study of secondhand smoke and smoke-free policy conducted by the University of Kentucky indicated that restaurant sales were not adversely affected by smoke-free laws. The information about the study was released during a Tuesday press conference along with the results of an indoor air quality study that focused on Knox County.
The Knox County study conducted over a period of several days
in August focused on nine hospitality venues in the county and
found that levels of indoor air pollution was about five times higher
than other communities that have passed smoke-free laws. Also, the study
indicates indoor pollution in Knox Countys public venues was about
three times higher than the national standard for outdoor air. A majority
of the hospitality venues had air pollution levels that equaled or exceeded
the national standard for outdoor air ...
won't go smoking ban alone
ALEXANDRIA, Ky. -- The key to whether two northern Kentucky counties pass smoking bans apparently lies with two newly elected Campbell County Fiscal Court members.
Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph Drees told The Kentucky Enquirer
on Friday that his county won't pass smoke-free legislation for public
places unless Campbell does too. ...
of vote key to fate of indoor smoking ban
ALEXANDRIA Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery told proponents of a smoking ban he plans to hold a first reading of proposed legislation to create a ban before November ends.
But asked after Wednesday evenings fiscal court meeting if he expected the more important second reading and vote to happen before the year ends, Pendery said he didnt know.
The date of that vote likely will determine the fate of the proposed
countywide ban of smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.
speak out against smoking ban
The main speaker at a forum held by Bullitt residents who oppose a smoking ban said such a move could lead to more government intervention, like banning trans fats.
Are we going to ban Burger King from selling Whoppers? asked Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, an independent, nonpartisan association.
It's not the role of government to ban smoking on private property that's the bottom line, Waters said. Secondhand smoke is bad, but an out-of-control government is a whole lot worse.
About 20 people attended the Oct. 26 forum at the Hillview Government Center. Bullitt County Choice, a group opposed to a smoking ban, held the forum as an alternative to the Bullitt County Health Department forums on the issue ...
smoking amendment changed
At a recent meeting of the Pikeville City Commission, a unanimous vote
by city commissioners rescinded a previous amendment to the citys
smoking regulations that sought to ban citizens from smoking in city
streets and within 150 feet of schools, colleges or day care centers
in the city. ...
Altman | Louisville's next mayor and public health
On Nov. 2, the citizens of metro Louisville will elect a new mayor who in his role as chief executive will be faced with the responsibilities and possibilities as it relates to the health of the citizens of Louisville. As chair of the Louisville Metro Board of Health, I believe it is important to outline the public health issues facing our community even before our new mayor is elected. The health of the citizens of Louisville is a nonpartisan issue that should be approached by drawing upon objective evidence about the key determinants of health and what interventions are most effective to improve our community's overall wellness.
The Board of Health's mission is to promote and protect equitable physical, mental, and environmental health in the Louisville community through advocacy, education, regulation, and collaboration with public and private entities. The board envisions a Louisville that provides every person equal opportunity for complete health and well-being. The Board of Health works closely with the Louisville Department of Health and Wellness, but we also function as a separate entity and serve as an independent voice to ensure that public health issues are addressed in an objective, evidence-based way. ...
smoking-ban opponents to hold forum
Dissatisfied with the Bullitt Health Department's forums on a possible smoking ban, a group of residents opposed to a ban is holding its own forum.
Bullitt County Choice is sponsoring a forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hillview Government Center, 283 Crestwood Lane.
Invitations to participate have been sent to elected government officials, Bullitt County Health Department officials and members of Partners in Prevention, a Bullitt coalition that fights drug abuse, said John Colburn, a member of Bullitt County Choice.
Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts, who also sits on the Bullitt County Board of Health, and Kenny Hardin, the Democratic candidate for judge-executive, have been especially invited, he said.
I think the time was a little bit slanted in their (the Health
Department's) favor because they had two or three people who got a number
of minutes at the beginning and end of their forum to talk. The public
only had 90 seconds per person, Colburn said. We want to
give people more time to articulate an argument." ...
Campbell to vote on smoking ban by Dec. 31
INDEPENDENCE Before Kenton Fiscal Courts term ends Dec. 31, its members will absolutely decide whether to ban indoor smoking in public places in Kenton County, even if it has to call a special meeting to do so, Kenton County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann said Tuesday.
No date has been set for a vote, but Knochelmann predicted it will likely happen in December.
We may be in our Christmas best when were voting on this issue, Knochelmann said I think the consensus has been that we want to do an evening meeting when we actually vote on (the smoke-free legislation) and that there be at least a month for people to comment on it, once a final version of the ordinance is available.
Knochelmann made his comments after Tuesdays regular fiscal court meeting. He presided over the meeting because of Kenton Judge-executive Ralph Drees absence.
Campbell County officials have not yet set dates for hearing public comment and voting on the issue, but that will happen before the end of the year, Judge-executive Steve Pendery said. He expects the issue will be discussed at Wednesdays monthly breakfast meeting of Northern Kentuckys judge-executives and their top administrative staff ...
commission mulls additional smoking regulations
Commissioners tabled an amendment to the City of Pikevilles smoking regulations Monday after expressing a number of concerns, including whether it would infringe on the rights of smokers in the city.
At the regular meeting Monday evening of the Pikeville City Commission,
the second reading of an amendment to the citys smoking ordinance
failed to receive approval and was tabled until the commissions
next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 25. The amendment seeks to block smoking
in public roadways.
Ward-Pugh challenged by newcomer Patrick Duerr in Metro Council
Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories examining the candidates and issues in this year's general election.
The race to represent the Metro Councils 9th District is between an incumbent with a long record of public service and a businessman who wants to place more emphasis on helping businesses.
Democrat Tina Ward-Pugh, 50, the incumbent whos held public office for more than 11 years, advocates a strong role for government to improve the city. Republican Patrick Joseph Duerr, a 37-year-old political newcomer, stresses his business experience and says he generally favors less government.
Both candidates emphasize the need for more jobs ...
Effects of Ohio's Smoke-free Law on Kentucky and Ohio Border Counties
Conclusions: Our data add to the large body of evidence that smoke-free laws are neutral with respect to the hospitality business across jurisdictions with and without laws. ...
fired up at smoking-ban forums
The first forum held to discuss a possible smoking ban in Bullitt businesses included some tense moments between officials and residents who are against the ban.
"I don't care about your graphs," said Linda Tinnell, who owns Barnyard General Store in Shepherdsville. "I'm for people's right to do what they want to do. I'm fired up."
The second forum was tamer and included a more even mix of people on both sides of the issue.
Dozens of people attended events Sept. 20 in Lebanon Junction and Sept. 23 in Mount Washington held by the Health Department to present the results of a recent study that evaluated secondhand smoke in Bullitt businesses. Another forum was held Tuesday at Jewish Hospital Medical Center South in Brooks.
The Health Department study found the amount of particulate matter in the air was almost 43 times higher in 11 Bullitt venues than it was in Louisville venues after the city implemented a smoking ban. ...
Smoke Campaign Reaches Kentucky Parents
Newswise A recent UK HealthCare survey found that over the past year, the percentage of Kentuckians living with children who believe secondhand smoke to be a serious health risk has increased.
These results are promising to UK HealthCare, who in Sept. 2009 launched
a state-wide campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand
smoke. The five-year campaign includes radio and television public service
announcements featuring UK Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari, educational
materials, an interactive website and a school-based education program.
group battling possible smoking ban; meeting set for Monday
In the days leading up to a forum to discuss a possible smoking ban in Bullitt County, some residents have created a website and started a petition opposing a ban.
BullittCountyChoice.com became active Thursday and was created by four residents, said John Colburn, one of the organizers and a Shepherdsville City Council candidate.
Along with Colburn, the group includes Harlen Compton, of Hillview; Teresa Buky, of Mount Washington, and Karen Johnson, who is running for Hillview City Council.
The group will discus its efforts at the first smoking ban forum at
6 p.m. Monday at the Lebanon Junction Community Center, 123 N. Poplar
St. The Bullitt County Health Department is hosting the meeting ...
ban debate just starting
EDGEWOOD - Before the Northern Kentucky Health Department's District Board of Health voted last week on whether to help enforce a potential indoor smoking ban, officials stressed that the vote was only on the issue of enforcement, and not on the merits of the ban itself.
But inevitably, a debate broke out among board members on the politically charged issue of whether Campbell and Kenton counties should ban indoor smoking in public places, and whether the health department should be involved.
Several members wondered why the department was being asked to enforce the proposed ban, although in other parts of the state and country, including in Cincinnati, it's common for health departments to enforce smoking bans at businesses, just as they enforce food safety laws.
"Whether you agree or disagree with the core question (of the
ban), that's for the counties to decide," said Debbie Davis, a
nurse who represents Kenton County. "As a health board, the real
question is: are we going to protect the public health, or are we not?
And I believe the answer is, we are." ...
smoking ban takes a step forward
set for smoking-ban plan
The Bullitt County Health Department has scheduled four forums to discuss a possible smoking ban in Bullitt and a recent air-quality study.
The Bullitt County Board of Health or Bullitt Fiscal Court may enact a smoking ban, but before that happens, health officials say they want to hear from residents.
The forums will be held at the following times and locations:
6 p.m. Monday at the Lebanon Junction Community Center, 123 N. Poplar St.
6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Mount Washington Annex Building, 186 Branham Way
2 p.m. Sept. 28 in Jewish Hospital Medical Center South's community room, 1903 W. Hebron Lane, Brooks
6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Bullitt County Health Department, 181 Lees Valley Road, Shepherdsville ...
Ohio County backs smoking ordinance
OHIO CO., KY (WFIE) - A survey from the University of Kentucky shows 66% of adults in Ohio County support a comprehensive, local smoke-free ordinance that covers all public buildings including restaurants and workplaces.
"I'm surprised, because there are a lot of smokers around here," said local resident Brad Duff.
However, ongoing reports about the long term health effects of smoking may be impacting public sentiment.
"You hear so much about the health problems that smoking causes
and I think that's waking a lot of people up," said Shirrell Johnson,
another county resident. ...
health dept. gets smoking ban draft
COVINGTON Officials from Kenton and Campbell counties have sent the latest version of a proposed smoking ban to the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph Drees announced this morning.
We sent the whole agreement, the ordinance or whatever, to the health district, Drees said. They want to be able to send it out to the members of their board by Sept. 1, so we just sent it out.
Probably well have some minor changes that have to be done
because everybody wants a little bit here, a little there, he
said. I think its basically in place, what we want. ...
Kentucky county considers smoking ban
Another Kentucky county may be laying the groundwork for a smoking ban. The Bullitt County Health Department is pushing for some sort of public smoking ban after a recent study.
The study was conducted by the University of Kentucky. The purpose was to assess air quality at certain venues in Bullitt County. "We concluded that the air in hospitality venues is very dangerous in Bullitt County. There are high levels of pollution from secondhand smoke," says Carol Riker, RN, from the University of Kentucky.
Bullitt County health officials say the findings of the study were not only dangerous but alarming. ...
Vote on smoking ban in 60 to 90 days
A vote on an indoor smoking ban could come within the next two to three months, Kenton County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann said Monday night.
I think were getting close, and I think itll be voted on probably within the next 60 to 90 days, he said. Its very, very close. There are just a few other details were working through.
Knochelmann did not say whether Campbell County Fiscal Court also plans
to vote on the ban soon. ...
ban dramatically improves indoor air quality
RICHMOND -- Air quality inside a sampling of Madison County's restaurants, bars and other public places has improved dramatically since June 2007 when the county health board banned smoking in public places.
Invisible particles generated by smoking have been reduced by 94.5 percent in the 11 sampled locations, according to a study performed by the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy and presented to the Madison County Board of Health on Wednesday evening.
Samples were taken discreetly using a small, easily concealed monitoring device in 2005 and again between October 2009 and May 2010, said Hillarie Sidney of the policy center. No one in the locations would have been aware of the monitoring and changed their behavior to improve the readings, she said.
The monitor can detect particles as small as 2.5 microns in diameter. A micron is about 1/100th the diameter of human hair, Sidney said. ...
timeline of smoking ban unclear
In the wake of Boone County's refusal to join a regional smoking ban, Campbell County's Judge-executive Steve Pendery said there is no clear timetable for when the Fiscal Court will consider approving any legislation.
In response to residents' questions at the Aug. 3 Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting, Pendery said one of the first steps is the creation of a final draft of an ordinance.
"If and when there's a draft that's successfully created we will pursue it when it's ripe and the Fiscal Courts of at least a couple of counties will be able to participate," Pendery said. ...
details possible smoking ban
A copy of a draft ordinance identified as a working document for the proposed regional smoking ban in Northern Kentucky includes details about why the ordinance is deemed necessary, identifies a "private club" exemption and lists the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department as the enforcement agency.
The draft, obtained Wednesday by The Enquirer, appears to fit the model of a comprehensive ban that supporters have long called for.
Draft ordinances for the smoking ban have been widely discussed by elected officials, but closely guarded by staff members in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
An open records request asking Boone County officials to reveal the most recent draft was denied, citing a provision that exempts draft documents from such appeals.
pulls out of smoking ban talks
Boone County has withdrawn from discussion of a smoking ban in public places that would have spanned all three Northern Kentucky counties.
In a statement released this morning, Boone County Fiscal Court members presented a united front in announcing the withdrawal ...
Ky. smoking ban, good or bad?
FLORENCE, Ky. - As county administrators in Northern Kentucky are working on the latest proposed regional indoor smoking ban for public places, the debate continues.
Inside the Florence Holiday Inn Thursday night, it was standing room only as members of the Boone County Businessmen Association let their voices be heard.
The proposed regional smoking ban for public places effects Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. While the final decision is up to the fiscal court, a date on the final vote has not been determined.
Even with no date, business owners and residents at times gave clashing opinions. ...
ban wording close to vest
Recent comments from judge-executives in Northern Kentucky suggest that the smoking ban issue has been decided before an ordinance has been introduced in any of the counties considering it.
An indoor smoking ban in public places in Northern Kentucky has been talked about for years, but despite strong support from anti-smoking advocates and some elected officials for an ordinance in recent years, there is still nothing on the books.
That may be about to change.
During the annual State of Northern Kentucky Address on Tuesday, the leaders of the three Northern Kentucky counties said they already know how the fiscal courts in each county will vote.
Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery and Kenton Judge-executive Ralph Drees said three of the four members of their fiscal courts would vote in favor of a smoking ban, while Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore indicated a ban would not pass there. ...
Just Days Away From Smoking Ban
..."If they choose not to put out the smoking material they will be asked to leave, if they choose not to leave then, the Glasgow Police Department will be called," says Joey Crews with The Glasgow Police Department.
The Glasgow Police Department is gearing up and ready to enforce the City's no-smoking ordinance.
Glasgow Police say they hope they don't have to give anyone a citation for smoking but will If they have to.
Shawnna Arms is one of many customers, who come into Betty and Mildreds to enjoy a hot plate of food and a cigarette.
But on Wednesday, Shawnna and the other customers will have to take it outside.
"They took a right away from us, they took a right away from us
that we should have." ...
SCREEN? Smoking debate takes a back seat to elections
More than a year after the governments of Jessamine County began discussing a ban on smoking in public places, cigarettes are still lit in some restaurants and businesses -- and the issue will likely not be discussed again until after November, when many of those who would impose such a ban are up for re-election.
After a joint government meeting on secondhand smoke in March 2009, a task force was created with representatives from the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, the Nicholasville City Commission and the Wilmore City Council to address the issue. That task force met with Susanna Moberly, grassroots coordinator for Smoke Free Jessamine Coalition, and had originally discussed having an ordinance by October 2009, Moberly said. . . . .
While Glancy hopes businesses will be able to dictate what behavior they allow, others have different reasons for standing in opposition to a smoking ban. Nickell said a ban could likely have a negative impact on the tobacco business. Moberly suggested an ordinance would not hinder the local "heritage." ...
to ban smoking in Radcliff parks snuffed out
An ordinance drafted to further restrict smoking and tobacco use in Radcliff was snuffed out by city officials on Monday.
Radcliff City Council voted down an ordinance, 4-2, that would have amended regulations to ban all use of tobacco products in city parks and Saunders Spring Nature Preserve.
The ordinance was proposed by Councilman Don Yates after he learned smoke-free signs had been removed from park areas, replaced by signs pointing visitors to designated smoking areas.
Yates said this action was not approved by the council and allowing smoking in parks poses a significant health hazard for groups of children who congregate within the parks for sports and other recreational activities.
Councilman Chuck Angus provided the other supporting vote and chastised the council for its stance, saying officials are choosing to ignore a public health need.
This (ordinance) was done for the protection of our children, Angus said. If we cant protect them, who is going to?
Angus said it is weak if a person cannot sacrifice a cigarette for a few hours while attending a ballgame. ...
Ky. city seeks to ban all tobacco at parks
Radcliff -- A central Kentucky city is chewing on the
idea of extending a smoking ban to include all tobacco products at city
parks. The Elizabethtown News-Ent...
league challenges proposed tobacco ban
Radcliff city officials on Wednesday heard the first reading of an ordinance that would ban tobacco products entirely in city parks and the Saunders Spring Nature Preserve.
The proposed ordinance would toughen the citys smoking laws further after it adopted a comprehensive ordinance late last year that banned smoking in public facilities.
Radcliff City Councilman Don Yates, a smoke-free supporter, last week
asked city officials to amend the park rules and regulations and to
reduce health risks for children. ...
University to go tobacco-free
A central Kentucky university is making plans to make its campus tobacco-free.
Transylvania University, in Lexington, will become tobacco-free August
Ky. may mulls smoking ban
COVINGTON, Ky. -- A proposal to regulate indoor smoking in northern Kentucky is expected to come to a vote this summer.
An advocacy group, Northern Kentucky Action, has been lobbying for a smoke-free law in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties for more than two years.
The group's proposal would include restaurants and other public places
in the three counties, The Kentucky Enquirer reported. A coalition of
small businesses, NKYchoice, is opposing any smoking ban. That group
has argued that businesses should have the right to choose whether to
go smoke-free. ...
it in the butt
Radcliff city officials next week could strengthen the citys stance on smoking within city limits.
Just a month after the citys smoking ordinance effectively banned smoking in public businesses and facilities, Councilman Don Yates on Monday urged the council to extend the ban to city parks.
Yates was under the belief that the citys parks already were smoke free by ordinance, and grew frustrated when he learned smoke-free signs placed within the parks recently had been removed and replaced by signs giving directions to smoking areas.
Upon further research, Yates learned Radcliff police officers had no ordinance which would allow them to cite a smoker in a city park, even if caught.
Yates said that is unacceptable and should be rectified immediately, saying children and families often frequent the park, and exposing these children to smoke is irresponsible.
We can either look at the protection of our kids and their safety,
or we can choose to ignore it, he said. ...
Judge-exec candidates oppose smoking ban
ERLANGER Its been an unusually contentious campaign for Kenton County judge-executive, but the three men competing in the May 18 GOP primary agree on at least one thing their opposition to a proposal to regulate indoor smoking at Northern Kentucky businesses and other public places.
For more than two years, Northern Kentucky Action, a coalition of health-related organizations and others, has lobbied for a regional indoor smoke-free law for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
At a debate last week, Republicans Steve Arlinghaus, Scott Kimmich and Dan Moening said that it should be up to individual business owners, not the government, to decide whether anyone should be allowed to smoke inside their establishments. The winner will face independent candidate Alyssa Dara McDowell in the fall, who has not made her views known on this issue.
The candidates views could be a moot point, however, if fiscal
courts in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties take up the smoking issue
in June, as expected. ...
County discussing possibility of smoke free businesses
OHIO CO., KY (WFIE) - A community forum was held in Ohio County Tuesday night to discuss smoking.
Residents were able to express support or concern for some possible smoke free policies in the county.
"We have a high cancer rate in Ohio County than the state of Kentucky and also the country," Ohio County Smoke Free Coalition advocate Shannon Ross said.
Ross has campaigned for the Ohio County Smoke Free Coalition in hopes
of Ohio County businesses kicking the habit. ...
Ky. city bans smoking
GLASGOW, Ky. -- Glasgow has become the latest Kentucky city to ban smoking in public places.
The Glasgow Daily Times reports the city council voted 6-5 in favor of the ban Monday. One city council member who had voted against the measure previously was absent from the meeting because of illness.
The ban will take effect in about 90 days.
mulling decision to go smoke-free
If Glasgow approves a smoking ban ordinance on second reading Monday, it will be the first city in the region to do so.
We are very excited about the possibility and hoping (passage) will make it possible for other places to go smoke-free, said Joyce Adkins, health educator at the Barren River District Health Department and a member of the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy board in Barren County.
The measure passed narrowly on a first vote this month, with Mayor Darrell Pickett breaking a tie vote.
But since that meeting, public opposition to the ordinance, which would ban smoking in every public building, has been galvanized, at least according to Councilman Doug Isenberg.
Isenberg said after his vote against the ordinance, residents began asking if there was a petition they could sign in opposition.
So I developed one, he said. I have spent about three hours gathering signatures. I think on Monday we will have as many signatures against the ordinance as the proponents had for it - about 600.
Isenberg said he even had 50 people at the smoke-free McDonalds sign the petition, many of them nonsmokers.
We should not have interference of government in private business,
he said. ...
Smoking Ban Passes First Reading, Mayor Casts Deciding Vote
With a vote of seven-to-six, the city of Glasgow is now a step closer to becoming smoke-free.
Mayor Darrell Pickett was the deciding vote after council members were divided six-to-six on an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in all public places.
It's an issue that's become a matter of health for some and a right for others.
"I feel very strongly about this issue," said Janet Sadler, a restaurant owner in Glasgow. ...
Council to Vote This Week on Smoking Ban
The Bardstown City Council votes this week on a second reading of a smoking ban that would apply to all public buildings and businesses there.
Bardtown Mayor Dick Heaton cast the deciding vote two weeks ago at the ordinances first reading. The council was split three-to-three.
Assistant City Administrator Larry Green says people who fall on both sides of the issue have been debating since then.
Its still being discussed pretty vigorously Id say,
says Green. Its been in the newspaper and of course just
around town people are talking about it. People have very strong feelings
on both sides of it. ...
ban looms in Radcliff
While smoking bans in Elizabethtown and unincorporated parts of Hardin County have been in effect for several years, authorities have yet to issue a citation.
A similar ban for Radcliff begins April 1.
Elizabethtown Chief Fire Inspector Rusty Todd said he has seen a tremendous amount of cooperation with people obeying the law.
It has been an easier implementation than I really thought it would be, he said. Working with people is the answer. ...
ban may be on tap for Garrard County
LANCASTER -- The Garrard Fiscal Court has been asked to consider anti-smoking regulations for the county.
Marcia Hodge and Tanya Watkins addressed the council on behalf of Lancaster City Councilman Jimmy Crutchfield on Monday, touting community-wide health benefits of smoke-free legislation. Crutchfield, who also recently asked the City Council to consider anti-smoking rules, has been diagnosed with lung cancer and was beginning treatment on Monday.
Hodge said anti-smoking regulations help improve general air quality and the health of employees at local businesses. She and Watkins passed out papers to the magistrates describing potential community benefits from enacting anti-smoking regulations.
Judge-Executive John Wilson said magistrates will review the information
provided by Hodge and Watkins to determine if the regulation is something
Garrard County should consider ...
Co. extends smoking ban
Starting Jan. 1, smoking will be prohibited in all Kenton County-owned buildings. Kenton County Fiscal Court unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that extends an indoor smoking ban to all county-owned buildings.
Smoking is now prohibited inside the Kenton County Administration building at 303 Court St. in Covington. It's also banned inside the state-operated justice center at Second Street and Madison Avenue.
The new ordinance extends the ban to all county-owned buildings, including the Public Works Department, the county courthouse in Independence and the clubhouses at Kenton County golf courses. ...
Co. Votes On Smoking Ban
The county already bans smoking in its administration building in Covington.
The Kenton Fiscal Court is moving toward expanding that ban to every county building, including the golf course clubhouse. ...
passes smoking ban
RADCLIFF, KY (AP) - The central Kentucky city of Radcliff has joined a growing number of other cities around the state that have approved smoking bans.
The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown reports the Radcliff City County voted 4-2 on Thursday to approve a ban in most public places.
Councilman J.J. Duvall voted no, saying the ordinance was too restrictive. He had proposed an exemption for charitable gaming events such as bingo. ...
trooper Geiger named local ABC administrator
RADCLIFF What appeared to be a favorable result for smoke-free advocates on Monday soon turned into a stalemate.
An unofficial straw vote held by Radcliff City Council during its working session revealed that a majority of city officials support a smoke-free ordinance, but the path to smoke removal in Radcliffs public sector still has several hurdles.
Councilman J.J. Duvall said his support for a smoking ordinance hinges on compromise, and he called for exemptions, particularly for bingo halls. He said he would not support adopting the countys ordinance, as recommended, because he feels it is too restrictive.
Duvall pointed to the smoking ordinance passed in Henderson a few years ago as a good guide for the city. He said Henderson officials passed legislation with reasonable exemptions including bingo halls that has not been scrutinized legally as of yet. Duvall said he does not play bingo, but he believes the charities and schools who participate in charitable gaming in the city will suffer if smoking is removed, based on conversations he has had with bingo practitioners. The countys ordinance prohibits smoking in bingo halls, but it exempts many in-home businesses. ...
Weighing Smoking Ban
A northern Kentucky county is weighing extending a smoking ban to include the inside of all county-owned buildings.
The Kenton County Fiscal Court will reportedly consider an ordinance in December to extend the ban.
Smoking is now prohibited inside the Kenton County administration building and the state-operated justice center. ...
hears secondhand smoke report
Health was the topic of the night on Tuesday as the Murray City Council listened to a presentation on secondhand smoke and a report on a city employee wellness study.
Prior to the regular council meeting, Dottie Kraemer spoke about the Coalition for Clean Air Murray on behalf of Clean Air Murray and Calloway County ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention). She said Dumplin's was the first restaurant in Murray to ban inside smoking several years ago and that since that time, 68 percent of the city's restaurants have gone smoke-free. She said that among the other restaurant owners to whom she has talked, many said they would like to follow suit, but are afraid of losing business. She said, though, that many studies have shown that restaurants do not lose business after banning smoking and that the owners should consider how many new customers they could gain.
Kraemer said educating children and the public was key to improving public health and that it was important to de-normalize unhealthy behaviors so that people were more empowered to make the best choices. . . .
The presentation was only for informational purposes and the committee took no action, but they agreed to look at the issue again in the future. ...
Pushes for No Smoking Ban
To help kick the habit of smoking, Glasgow residents are hoping to resurrect a previous ordinance that would ban smoking in all public buildings.
Linda Craiger supports a ban on public smoking, but it's not just for her own health.
"My mother has lung disease of long-standing and its difficult for her to be in a place where people are smoking," she says. ...
surveys yield mixed results
RADCLIFF City officials are in the process of drafting a smoking ordinance for consideration early next year. In the meantime, they have some new information to chew on.
Councilman Don Yates presented the results of a smoke-free survey to his fellow council members Tuesday night, while Radcliff Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jo Emary presented the results of a similar survey conducted by the chamber.
The survey presented by Yates polled 300 residents in hopes to gain
an idea of city temperament toward an ordinance restricting smoking
in public places. ...
smoking ban coincides with Great American Smoke Out
Thursday is The Great American Smoke Out and as a part of the smoke out, Kentuckys two largest universities are going smoke free.
Smoking bans are now in place at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. ...
Hills Votes To Support Smoking Ban
The vote was close. Tied at 3 to 3 actually, with the tie breaking yes coming from the mayor of Crestview Hills.
Crestview Hills City Council decided to support an ordinance, urging
Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties to prohibit smoking inside public
pushes for smoking ban
CRESTVIEW HILLS - Nearly two years ago, county officials in Northern Kentucky began studying a possible regional, indoor, smoke-free workplace law, but the issue has yet to come to a vote.
Tuesday, Crestview Hills' economic development and zoning committee attempted to prod county officials to take action.
By a 4-2 vote, the committee of three council members and three residents recommended that their council adopt a resolution encouraging Boone, Kenton and Campbell fiscal courts to adopt a public indoor smoking ban.
Crestview Hills City Council meets Thursday. . . .
Linda Vogelpohl, chair of Northern Kentucky Action, a coalition of health organizations and others who support a regional public indoor smoking ban, cited a recent University of Kentucky study that concluded restaurants and bars in Kentucky counties bordering Ohio did not profit economically because of Ohio's smoke-free law. ...
wide smoking ban hot topic at council meeting
The possibility of a smoking ban for the city of Middlesboro was discussed at Tuesday nights city council meeting.
Council member Ronnie Carter said several citizens had asked him about the possibility of a smoking ban in the city. Carter said he wanted to bring the matter before the council to discuss and find out if it was something that they could vote on.
Carter expressed his opinion on the matter.
I dont have a big problem with [smoking], said Carter,
adding that he thought smokers were more courteous now to those who
When asked by council, Safety Director James Pursifull said that no city building had a smoking ban. . . .
Middlesboro resident Angela Jackson addressed the council and urged them to consider non-smokers in the debate.
You have to work out something where youre fair to everybody, said Jackson.
grounds go tobacco free Nov. 19
Frankfort Regional Medical Center is going tobacco free - outdoors and in.
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society's 34th Great American Smokeout Challenge on Nov. 19, the local medical center is creating a tobacco free environment.
Administrators and medical staff believe the move is vital to promoting the health of patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, medical staff and others, according to a news release.
Tobacco use of any kind will not be permitted:
ban is in effect
Today is the first business day since the smoking ban started. There are people who were strongly for the ban, against it, and those who are neutral.
Most supporters say it is a health issue, but others say their rights are being violated.
Harold Burchell smoked for 18 years. He gave up the habit, and is glad Prestonsburg restaurants are now smoke-free.
"I do believe people have a right to smoke, that would be their choice. However, I also understand the medical problems caused by smoking," Burchell said.
Jerry Stone is not a smoker, but says the ban doesn't really concern him one way or the other. ...
next to UK not smoke-free yet
City sidewalks adjacent to the University of Kentucky campus will not be covered by the university's upcoming smoking ban at least not soon.
Anthany Beatty, assistant vice president for campus services, asked the Urban County Council at its work session last week to let UK enforce its tobacco-free policy "to the curb."
A resolution adopting a memorandum of understanding with UK was placed on a special-meeting docket on Tuesday.
But when the memorandum came before council, councilwoman K.C. Crosbie asked UK vice president Frank Butler how the legislation could be enforced.
Councilwoman Diane Lawless, whose district includes most of the neighborhoods around UK, worried that smokers who could not light up on campus would walk across the street to take a puff. ...
asks to extend smoking ban to city sidewalks
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Urban City Council in Lexington is being asked to close a four-foot loophole in the University of Kentucky's new no-smoking policy - the city sidewalks on campus.
University jurisdiction stops at the edge of the sidewalks, which are city property, so city officials have put enforcement of the UK ban on the council's Oct. 22 agenda.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported UK Assistant Vice President Anthany
Beatty asked the council at a work session on Tuesday to let the university
enforce its tobacco-free policy "to the curb." ...
the dangers of secondhand smoke
When the statewide campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke began last week, local health professionals were on board to help spread the word in Madison County.
Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center is one of several medical facilities across Kentucky to team up with UK Healthcare in the five-year Secondhand Smoke Campaign.
"It's designed to be an awareness campaign to show exactly what secondhand smoke is and to protect the kids in Kentucky," said Jill Williams, the director of marketing and public relations for Pattie A. Clay. . . .
In Madison County, Pattie A. Clay is helping to develop a curriculum for the school system, as well as brochures and other educational tools to make people aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke.
"It's a great thing," Williams said. "We're proud to be a part of this."
Bringing to light the dangers of secondhand smoke is nothing new in Madison County, where local health facilities have been trying for several years to educate about its dangers. . . .
Tests were conducted in bars, restaurants and a bingo hall, with the results compared to tests done in bars and restaurants in cities with smoke-free air laws.
Tests conducted in Richmond found the levels of indoor air pollution to be 23 times higher than in the non-smoking areas and in Berea, the air pollution was six times higher.
The study demonstrates that workers and patrons are exposed to harmful levels of secondhand smoke, a known cancer-causing agent, stated the release.
The release suggested that areas that ban smoking in public venues
greatly reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
smoke risks underestimated, survey finds
About 360,000 Kentucky children are exposed to secondhand smoke every day in their homes, putting them at risk for everything from asthma to ear infections to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.Thats the word from researchers at the University of Kentucky, who found that many parents are unaware of such dangers when they light up.
A UK HealthCare survey highlighted Thursday found that nearly 1.6 million
Kentuckians underestimate the dangers of secondhand smoke, and 45 percent
of homes with children had at least one adult who didnt believe
it was a serious health hazard. To change such perceptions, UK HealthCare
helped launch a state-wide, five-year campaign Thursday featuring educational
materials, a school-based program, an interactive Web site, and radio
and television public service announcements with John Calipari, UKs
head basketball coach. ...
Hills leaders differ on smoking ban
Crestview Hills Councilman Dave Kramer says he wants to see that city study a possible indoor smoking ban for public places, including restaurants and bars.
Kramer, a former smoker, says it's the right thing to do for public health reasons, including serving as a deterrent to youth smoking. He added he's concerned that a vocal minority is holding up adoption of regional smoke-free legislation governing restaurants and other Northern Kentucky workplaces.
"It's been reported for the last several years that (Boone, Kenton and Campbell) counties' fiscal courts have been discussing a regional approach among themselves," Kramer told Crestview Hills City Council Thursday. "However, from what I've read, it appears that a minority of elected officials have blocked that effort."
Kramer's motion to study the issue on a citywide basis died for lack of a second. However, Kramer said he still plans to form a subcommittee of
Smoking Ban Goes into Effect
It's thumbs down for those who want to light up, as a Taylor County city becomes the latest area in Kentucky to enforce a smoking ban. . . .
The Campbellsville ordinance bans smoking in all public buildings within the city limits.
to go smokeless by June 2010
The University of Louisville has released a plan to eliminate all smoking on campus by next June.
Officials say they will begin phasing in a smoking ban by November, with designated smoking areas on their main campus and the Shelby Campus; smoking cessation programs and support will also be made available. ...
ban lifted at site of prison riot
A state official says a smoking ban has been lifted at a Kentucky prison that was the site of a fiery riot last week, but inmates are no longer allowed to keep matches or lighters with them.
Jennifer Brislin of the Justice Cabinet says the ban was lifted this week at Northpoint Training Center in Burgin. Smoking had been banned there since the Aug. 21 riot in which inmates set fire to several buildings, many of them possibly beyond repair. ...
battle of the ban
RADCLIFF Smoke-free Radcliff rallied the second of two forums Tuesday night at the Colvin Community Center, where the focus was directed intently on the idea of rights those of patrons, workers and smokers alike.
Following the same format as the previous forum on health-related smoking issues, a panel responded to a flurry of questions levied by a smaller, but no less ardent, crowd.
Members of Radcliff City Council, including Mayor Sheila Enyart, were also on hand to hear the debate, this time strengthened by some in opposition of a smoking ordinance. While those against a ban were invited to the last forum, none took part in the discussion. ...
ban imposed after Ky. prison riot
A top state public safety official said he found some buildings nearly gutted, with windows shattered, computer equipment and light fixtures slammed against walls and toilets destroyed, when he inspected a central Kentucky prison Monday in the aftermath of a riot.
Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown said the damage at the Northpoint Training Center is so severe, he expects several buildings will have to be torn down and rebuilt.
"While it may look like the walls are standing, I'm not an engineer, but I understand just the heat from that can cause structural cracks," Brown said. "I believe most of (the buildings) will have to be razed, and we'll have to start from scratch."
Officials banned smoking at least temporarily after the Friday riot and were forced to relocate more than half of the facility's 1,200 prisoners. . . .
He said the prison had allowed smoking including matches in designated outdoor areas, but that policy was lifted after several fires were set Friday during the riot. Many Kentucky prisons were going to a smoking ban anyway, Brown said. ...
city council approves smoking ban
The city council approved a relatively strong ban on smoking in public places Monday night.
After rejecting an exemption for businesses with patrons 18 and older, such as bars, council members voted 5-2 in favor of the ordinance, which will allow smoking in outdoor areas of restaurants and in private clubs.
Recipients of charitable gambling revenues at the local bingo hall weren't pleased. Mary Stephens, on the board of the Jenny Wiley Summer Theatre, said her organization and others will look for a hall outside the city limits when the smoking ban takes effect Nov. 1. ...
of study on Danville smoking ban
Monday night, a special meeting gave folks in Danville the chance to
hear results of studies on air quality, from before and after a smoking
Authority to prohibit smoking
The Housing Authority of Murray recently adopted a policy that will ban residents from smoking inside their apartments.
Faye Dodd, the agency's executive director, said they had considered making the units non-smoking for a few months partly because the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging housing authorities to adopt non-smoking policies. She said 112 housing authorities across the country are currently smoke-free.
However, she said the issue became more urgent in May after a resident fell asleep while smoking and the apartment burned down. Dodd said the Housing Authority is still working out the details with its insurance company, but that the building will most likely have to be torn down and rebuilt. ...
Campbellsville approve smoking bans
Advocates of indoor-smoking bans are beginning to make inroads in south-central Kentucky, where efforts to pass such ordinances had gone begging until this year.
The city council in London voted 4-2 Monday night for a comprehensive rule barring smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants.
The vote makes London the second city in the region to adopt an indoor
Campbellsville approved an indoor smoking ban in June that will take effect in September, Mayor Brenda Allen said.
Since Lexington approved the first indoor smoking ban in Kentucky in 2003, 20 more cities, counties and health departments have passed rules to limit indoor smoking in public places, but that didn't include any in the southern part of the state until the votes in Campbellsville and London. ...
passes smoking ban
In a four-to-two vote at its Monday meeting, Londons city council banned smoking in public buildings and facilities.
Nancy Vaughn, who was the only negative voter on the first reading of the ordinance at the previous meeting, and Jason Handy, who voted yes that same night, each voted no to the ordinance, which will take effect immediately after it is published in the communitys newspaper.
City Attorney Larry Bryson said the ordinance could be published as early as Friday.
After the ordinance is published, business owners will have 60 days
to make sure their employees and customers comply with the law, Bryson
dark side of lighting up
RADCLIFF Dozens in attendance Tuesday night at the first of two smoke-related forums scheduled at the Colvin Community Center were almost reverential in their response to the handful of medical professionals and health advocates making up the nights panel, but this reverence didnt restrain the reactions to the statistics and information provided.
The forum focused intently on the health debate that swirls around smoking and its counterpart, secondhand smoke, and was hosted by the Hardin County Tobacco Free Coalition to give those on both sides of the debate a chance to speak
Also known as passive or environmental smoke, secondhand smoke has been pinpointed as a health risk by the U.S. Surgeon General, and this acknowledgment is one of the factors that led Kentucky cities such as Lexington and Elizabethtown to adopt clean indoor air ordinances. Residents and public health advocates alike are now leading a new effort to see a similar ordinance passed in the confines of Radcliff. A previous effort failed in 2007.
The panel supported the effort and said they had personally seen the harmful effects of smoking and secondhand smoke through their interactions with smokers. ...
Council Delays Vote on Smoking Ban
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- You can still light up in public buildings in one eastern Kentucky city--at least for now. A final vote on a smoking ban in Prestonsburg was put on hold Monday night.
A lot of people were expecting the vote, but city council members say so many new questions about exemptions and amendments were raised at the meeting, that no one felt a clear decision could be made.
Radcliff forum set for Tuesday
RADCLIFF The push for a smoke-free Radcliff continues this week for a group of individuals dedicated to the cause.
The Hardin County Tobacco Free Coalition is hosting a forum at Colvin Community Center Tuesday at 7 p.m., outlining the health perils related to smoking, as well as secondhand smoke.
Al McDonald, a spokesman for the forum and organizer of Smoke-free Radcliff, said the event is slated to feature four doctors and two nurses, who will discuss the dangers of smoking and answer questions from the public.
Its just one of two forums scheduled at the center, with a second forum to follow in late August, focused on the different aspects of rights wrapped up in the topic.
The forum is open to the public and smoking opponents and advocates
alike are encouraged to attend and discuss the issue, McDonald said.
House Makes Area Restaurants Smoke-Free
More than 70 percent of Kentuckians are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, but a local restaurant franchise has taken steps to protect its customers by making local restaurants 100 percent smoke-free.
Eleven Waffle House locations in Kentucky, including nine in Northern Kentucky, went smoke-free starting May 1.
Shearer Foods, franchisee for Waffle House in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, decided to make its Kentucky locations smoke-free for both business and customer services reasons.
"Waffle House has a strong heritage as a family restaurant," said Shelly Morton, Area Administrator for Shearer Foods. "By making our Kentucky locations smoke-free, we hope to be able to attract families who do not want to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Our locations are small, and there was no good way to truly separate the smokers from the non-smokers. " ...
smoking ban raises mixed opinions
London Mayor Troy Rudder said he hasnt heard any negative comments about a newly proposed smoking ban ordinance in the city, saying it will likely pass its second reading on Aug. 3 and become law.
The ordinance, prohibiting smoking in all buildings open to the public or used as workplaces, was read for the first time at Mondays city council meeting. It must be read and approved twice by the city council before becoming law.
Rudder, who is a non-smoker, said he has only received positive comments
about the ordinance. He refuted one common smoking ban fear, saying
he doesnt think the smoking ban will negatively affect the business
of London restaurants. ...
Corbin, W'burg should follow London's lead on smoking
I just wanted to say that I am thrilled that London decided to Clear the Air in areas open to the public, and I think Corbin and Williamsburg should follow.
Recently, London passed the first reading of a smoking ban that prohibits smoking in all enclosed areas open to the public in an effort to reduce secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is a toxic cocktail consisting of poisons and carcinogens.
There are over 4,000 chemical compounds in secondhand smoke 200
of these are known to be poisonous, and upwards of 60 have been identified
as carcinogens. When a cigarette is smoked, about half of the smoke
is inhaled/exhaled (mainstream smoke) by the smoker and the other half
floats around in the air (sidestream smoke). ...
clears the airCouncil passes first reading of smoking ban
London City Council members on Monday began the process for a smoking ban and heard a plea for annexation by residents of a local subdivision.
On a five to one vote, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will tightly control smoking in the city limits.
Nancy Vaughn was the lone dissenting vote.
The ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed areas within all enclosed buildings open to the public and within places of employment.
It allows smoking in a private home, unless the home is a childcare, adult day care or health care facility.
Smoking out of doors is prohibited within 25 feet of outdoor entrances,
exits, wheelchair ramps serving an entrance or exit, and operable windows
and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited.
Considering Smoking Ban
Officials in Prestonsburg are working on an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public buildings, but some are worried that would hurt the city.
Members of the "Breathe Easy, Floyd County" coalition flooded Monday night's city council meeting to voice their concerns about smoking in public buildings.
They say clean air is all they are hoping to achieve. Jean Rosenberg with "Breathe Easy, Floyd County" says, "This is a public health issue for the work place. We expect clean water, and we expect clean air." ...
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adult smoking rate drops
For the first time in years, Kentucky no longer leads the nation in adult smoking, state public health officials said yesterday.
Kentucky now trails first-place West Virginia and Indiana, according to the latest numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rate of adult smoking in Kentucky dropped to 25.2 percent in 2008
from 28.3 percent the previous year, said Irene Centers, manager of
the tobacco program with the Kentucky Department of Public Health.
Centers said 2005's increase in Kentucky's cigarette tax from 3 cents
a pack to 30 cents and the growing number of communities that ban smoking
in public buildings might explain the drop in adult smoking.
trend bypasses Northern Kentucky
Officials in Northern Kentucky have not yet passed any smoke-free ordinances, but supporters of laws to ban smoking in public places continue to encourage businesses to clear their air.
Northern Kentucky Action, the coalition of health-related organizations and associations promoting smoke-free workplace laws, has added the Kenton County Alliance to its effort, according to a report in The Kentucky Enquirer. . . .
For about two years, Northern Kentucky Action has lobbied the Boone, Kenton and Campbell county fiscal courts to pass identical smoke-free workplace laws. But the effort has not gained enough traction to pass in any of the counties.
discusses ban on smoking in park
ASHLAND Despite the best efforts of an Eastern Kentucky city and its hospital to limit smoking, cigarette butts continue to litter a park near the medical center where smokers hang out.
Smokers have taken to Central Park, near the hospital, after the city of Ashland barred lighting up on the streets around King's Daughters Medical Center, The Daily Independent newspaper reported. The butt problem is happening at the park even though a smokers' kiosk was put on top of the hospital parking garage over the winter.
Ashland's parks and recreation department director, Sean Murray, said the issue of smoking in the park is frequently discussed. The park board has discussed barring smoking in the park.
"I believe that issue could become a greater priority once the summer months and warmer weather have come back. The park board, I'm sure they will take whatever action is necessary to help protect the park," Murray said.
to ban smoking on campus
Companies Get Incentive To Go Smoke-Free
Three Northern Kentucky Companies have received grant money to make their workplace tobacco-free.
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, Commonwealth Orthopedic and Schwan's Global Supply Chain are receiving $16,000 in funding from the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
The money will help fund programs eliminating tobacco use on company property and also help employees quit smoking.
The funding will impact more than 1,500 employees at the three businesses.
Co. smoking ban may be less restrictive
The tough smoking ban in Hopkins County could be changing, and soon.
"A hotel can have as many smoking rooms as they would like , private clubs are entirely exempt as long as they don't have anyone under the age of 18 enter," Lisa Miller with the Hopkins Co. Health Dept. said.
Miller is not completely satisfied with the new ordinance.
"We don't feel like it is as comprehensive and we don't feel like it protects the people of Hopkins County and we would like to see everybody protected not just those under 18, but this is certainly better than not having any regulation ordinance at all," Miller said.
Local business owners like Ronnie Fox are relieved that money he spent to construct a separate ventilation system in his restaurant isn't going to waste. . . .
ban a smoke screen
Why? Because anything our pro-tobacco legislature is likely to pass would be weaker than the ordinances that local governments are enacting. A statewide ban would drain the political energy from local efforts to enact better protections.
president raises idea of statewide smoking ban
During an appearance on KET's "Kentucky Tonight" program, Williams raised the issue of a statewide smoking ban during a discussion of Gov. ...
now has fewer places to smoke
Starting Friday, Blue Grass Airport, bingo halls, public transportation and all workplaces, not just the ones open to the public, join the list of places in which smoking is prohibited in Lexington.
The new restrictions are part of a host of changes to the city's 4-year-old smoke-free law that were approved by the Urban County Council on Thursday.
Councilman David Stevens, the sponsor of the changes, said he was "gratified"
and "thankful" the council unanimously approved the revision.
The changes close loopholes that exempted some workplaces and private organizations and extend the ban to all public transportation and transportation waiting areas.
They also tighten the exemption for retail tobacco stores by increasing the minimum sales needed to allow smoking inside.
And private clubs are redefined so that booster clubs cannot be considered private clubs that can allow smoking.
ban passes in Clark County
sides agree to put smoking ban on hold
business not hurt by smoke ban
The study looks at employment figures from restaurants, bars and hotels, business openings and closings and payroll withholding taxes since the ban went into effect in April 2004. It compares the post-ban numbers to the same data from up to five years before Lexington went smoke-free in most public places.
"Given the data we have to this point ... we're not seeing a post-ban effect," said Eric Thompson, an economist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and one of the study's authors.
attacks down since Lexington smoking ban, study says
Asthma attacks that led to emergency room visits declined after Lexington adopted a smoking ban, according to a new study from the University of Kentucky.
The study showed a 22 percent decrease in asthma-related emergency room visits at four Lexington hospitals after the city adopted a ban on smoking in most public places in 2004.
The study is the first to show a link between smoking bans and emergency room visits for asthma, said Ellen Hahn, the studys lead author and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy.
Thats a big thing for Kentucky because we have one of the highest rates of asthma, Hahn said.
Numerous other studies have shown that second-hand smoke can trigger asthma attacks.
All-for-one smoking ban flawed
The one-for-all and all-for-one approach to banning indoor smoking in Northern Kentucky's three counties could end up letting a small group of opponents to the ban block the wishes of the region's majority.
The judge executives of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties have agreed to support the efforts of Northern Kentucky Action, the non-profit, health advocacy group seeking the ban, with the condition that an identical ban be adopted by the fiscal courts of all three counties. A poll released this month by NK Action found that 65 percent of Northern Kentucky voters supported the idea of banning smoking "in most public places."
But the all-or-nothing proviso of the campaign raises an interesting possibility: Suppose the fiscal courts of Boone and Campbell approve the ban, but a majority of the court in Kenton votes against it? Citizens of Boone and Campbell might well wonder why they have independent county governments at all, if majorities on their courts can effectively be trumped by a majority from another jurisdiction. . . .
Northern Kentucky Action seeks to protect the health of the region, but a plan that demands acceptance by all three counties risks getting it for none.
ban brings dramatic improvement in air, study says: Toxins in air down 97%, study
Air quality at several Louisville businesses has improved dramatically since a comprehensive smoking ban went into effect in July, according to a new study.
The results of the study, which will be released Tuesday, come after a previous study by the University of Kentucky showed a partial smoking ban had little effect on lowering the amount of toxins in the air.
Researchers from UK's College of Public Health performed the most recent study on air quality at 10 Louisville entertainment venues in December, measuring the levels of "particulate matter 2.5," microscopic toxins most often linked to secondhand smoke.
It found they had fallen 97 percent since the ban took effect July 1.
ban on smoking wins council approval: Mayor will sign ordinance today
Louisville's smoke break is over.
Less than a month after the city's old smoking ban was overturned by a judge, the Metro Council last night passed a new ban, with just one exemption -- for manufacturers that perform research and development on tobacco products.
The new ban passed by an overwhelming majority, with 23 of the 26 council members voting in favor.
With the vote, the free pass on smoking that restaurants, bars, bingo halls and bowling alleys have enjoyed for three weeks will come to end today when Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson signs the ordinance at 10 a.m.
"Louisville has placed an exclamation point on the 'No Smoking' " sign," Abramson said in a statement. "This vote removes the haze of confusion and makes it clear that Louisville puts a priority on the health of all people."
The council had to pass a new ordinance after the city's old smoking ban, which was passed in 2006 and had been in effect since July 1, was overturned Dec. 21.
The old ban had an exemption for Churchill Downs, but a judge in November had ruled that exemption was unconstitutional.
will bar smoking Nov. 25: Fall meet ends the day before
Churchill Downs will begin complying with Louisville's smoking ban Nov. 25 -- one day after the close of its fall meet.
The track had been exempt from the ordinance -- which prohibits smoking inside all public buildings such as bars, restaurants and bingo halls. But in a decision made public Monday, Jefferson Circuit Judge Denise Clayton ruled that the exemption violates the equal protection clause in the state constitution.
Smoking ban must apply to Churchill Downs
A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has struck down the exemption in Louisvilles smoking ban for Churchill Downs.
Judge Denise Clayton found that there must be a rational basis for exempting the race track from the law, which bans smoking inside all public building, including bars, restaurants, bingo halls and bowling alleys.
None of the reasons
provided by Metro Government meet this requirement, Clayton wrote.
finds that many residents favor Mason smoking ban
According to information from the organization Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which was provided by the Smoke-free Partnerships, second-hand smoke can
Smoking ban hasn't hurt business
Lexington's public smoking ban has not economically harmed the city's restaurants and bars, a new University of Kentucky study asserts.
The study, appearing in the February issue of Tobacco Control, an international peer-reviewed science journal, is based on employment data and openings and closings in the bar and restaurant industries in Lexington and six contiguous counties during 64 months before and 14 months after the smoking ban went into effect in 2004. It builds on a preliminary analysis UK released in 2005 that also showed no adverse effects from the ban.
The latest report says that employment at Lexington restaurants actually grew by 3 percent after the smoke-free law went into effect, while employment in bars basically remained the same.
Mayor Wants Smoking Ban
Georgetown's mayor took the first official steps last night to ban smoking in all public buildings within the city limits.
Mayor Everette Varney told the city council he wants to see an ordinance prohibiting smoking not only in restaurants but in all public places -- a ban similar to the one that went into effect in Lexington a year ago.
asked council members to speak with residents, review studies and come ready to
discuss an ordinance at the next meeting.
Local Smokefree Laws
Lexington is currently Kentucky's only
smokefree city (yes, even bars are smokefree). Brown and Williamson and
other tobacco companies are really peeved that smokefree air is in their backyard,
so please take time to visit beautiful Lexington and let them know you appreciate
the smokefree air. If you live, work, or visit in other Bluegrass
State cities (like Louisville), take your family and money to smokefree establishments
and urge those cities to adopt smokefree policies for the good of public and worker