e-cigarettes in city smoking ban
Lexington Herald Leader - September 10, 2014
The council should ban e-cigarette use in workplaces and other indoor
public ... for Tobacco Free Kids all urge banning the public indoor
use of e-cigarettes. ... the main point of public smoking bans is to
protect non-smokers from exposure to ...
change approved 3-2
Richmond Register - September 10, 2014
The commissioners were unanimous in approving an ordinance to ban smoking
in indoor public places. Those violating the ordinance will face a $50
OPINION: No smoking wave gains momentum
Princeton Times Leader - September 10, 2014
For those who are determined to pursue a smoke-free agenda, there was
plenty of encouraging news in recent days. First, Gov. Steve Beshear
placed a ...
Enquirerherald - September 10, 2014
Last week, CVS pharmacies made news by making good on their promise
to strip their ... As the announcement explained, "That means no
cigarettes, tobacco ... in the state; 65 percent of Kentuckians supported
a smoking ban in a recent poll.
Could Be Added To Lexington's Anti-Smoking Ordinance
WUKY - September 9, 2014
Lexington's smoking ban could be expanded if the Urban County Council
... would be banned in all the locations where tobacco smoking is currently
their own words: David Rainey
WLKY Louisville - September 9, 2014
How do you feel about a statewide smoking ban? Local governments have
autonomy to decide this issue. Frankfort shouldn't intervene with that
Co. Board of Health recommends banning of e-cigarettes
WKYT - September 9, 2014
(WKYT) - Should electronic cigarettes be banned from public places in
Lexington just ... Some think it's a good way to kick the habit of smoking
tobacco but many ...
SHAFFER: Just an idea
The Independent - September 8, 2014
In case you haven't noticed, e-cigarettes are all the rage. I'm not
sure exactly how they work except it's some sort of electronic thingie
that uses liquid cartridges ...
No-smoking order aids Ky. taxpayers
Lexington Herald-Leader - September 8, 2014
Beshear's executive order, which takes effect Nov. 20, makes a lot of
economic sense for state government and the taxpayers who foot the bill.
It also should remind us that two-thirds of Kentuckians still lack the
most basic protections from secondhand s
tobacco-free action for Kentucky
The Courier- Journal - September 8, 2014
Despite some optimism that the legislative session earlier this year
might finally see the passage of a statewide smoking ban, one that would
prohibit smoking in ...
to Beshear's Smoking Announcement
WKMS - September 8, 2014
Governor Beshear last week issued an executive order banning tobacco
products and e-cigarettes from state-owned and leased buildings and
back tobacco ban
The Harlan Daily Enterprise - September 8, 2014
This policy will protect non-smokers from the effects of secondhand
smoke, and encourage tobacco users to seek help in quitting. Nearly
5,000 executive ...
Opinion: Beshear's smoke ban good lead for 2015 ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - September 7, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order Thursday that bans employees
and visitors from using tobacco products in some 3,000 state government
buildings. In a news conference announcing his decision, the governor
said he hopes his action will create momentum for the General Assembly
to pass a statewide smoking ban in 2015. We also hope state lawmakers
get behind a smoking ban when the General Assembly convenes next year.
extends smoking ban to all state property
WAVE - September 5, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has banned all tobacco
products from most state buildings and grounds in an attempt to create
momentum for a statewide smoking ban when lawmakers return in January.
Kentucky's state buildings are already smoke-free. But this new policy,
effective Nov. 20, bans all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco
and electronic cigarettes, from state property both indoors and outdoors.
Beshear bans all tobacco products from Kentucky state property, both
indoors and outdoors
The Tribune - September 5, 2014
FRANKFORT, Kentucky Employees and visitors to some 3,000 state government
buildings won't be able to smoke indoors or outdoors after Nov. 20.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order on Thursday
that bans all tobacco products - including electronic cigarettes and
chewing tobacco - from all executive-branch-owned buildings. The order
does not include property used by the legislature, the courts or any
statewide constitutional officers, such as the attorney general or commissioner
Orders State Buildings, Campuses to Go Tobacco-Free
The River City News - September 4, 2014
The policy impacts 2,888 state-owned buildings making more than 26.4
million square feet newly tobacco-free. The Commonwealth also leases
space in 568 other structures, and the Finance Cabinet will work with
those landlords to post signs indicating the tobacco-free zones.
policy statement chaired by UofL professor who says the re-normalize
KyForward.com - September 4, 2014
A University of Louisville professor chaired a 10-member American Heart
Association panel of experts in formulating the associations first-ever
policy statement on e-cigarettes.
expands tobacco ban for state workers
The Courier-Journal - September 4, 2014
A new executive order will expand a 2006 ban on smoking inside state
... quit and banning sale of e-cigarettes to youth, whose rates of smoking
are on the decline. ... in private worksites and restaurants - support
for smoking bans is growing,...
Ban Passes in Owensboro
Tristatehomepage.com - September 4, 2014
The ordinance will now ban smoking in parks and other public places.
... And now, for them to start banning the use of tobacco, it's going
to send a message to ...
Votes To Go Smoke-Free
WKU Public Radio - September 4, 2014
The Owensboro City Commission unanimously approved an amended smoking
ban ordinance at their meeting Wednesday night, a ban that eliminates
cost cigarettes, smoking bans advised in lung cancer fight
The Floyd County Times - September 4, 2014
FRANKFORT-The head of UK'S Markey Cancer Center says his agency supports
an increase in the state cigarette tax and a statewide smoking ban as
part of ...
tax rate may rise slightly
Richmond Register - September 3, 2014
In other news, the city council adopted an indoor smoking ban that had
been in effect at the county level for the past seven years. Under the
ordinance, smoking ...
Ban Passes in Owensboro
Tristatehomepage.com - September 4, 2014
The ordinance will now ban smoking in parks and other public places.
... And now, for them to start banning the use of tobacco, it's going
to send a message to ...
smoking ban up for vote
Mmessenger-Inquirer - September 3, 2014
After a bit of a torturous journey, a united front is expected when
a smoking ban ordinance comes before the Owensboro City Commission at
5 p.m. Wednesday .
smoke-free law is needed
Princeton Times Leader - September 3, 2014
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, juggled an Ebola outbreak in Africa while traveling in Eastern
Kentucky in ...
has tools to improve health status
The Lane Report - September 2, 2014
... but offer communities choices from a list of proven programs. Earlier,
he said smoke-free laws not only reduce smoking, but heart attacks among
Kentucky has what it takes to improve poor health ...
KyForward.com - September 2, 2014
... personal responsibility for health begins, Frieden said, in an
apparent reference to smoking bans, You don't want to go to your
job and get cancer as a result..
Nears on Owensboro Smoking Ban
WKU Public Radio - September 1, 2014
With the exception of the 18-and-over establishments and e-cigarettes,
the rest of the original ordinance is unchanged. Smoking will be banned
in all public ...
Despite Supreme Court ruling, Woodford, Clark, Madison counties ...
KyForward.com - August 28, 2014
Clark, Madison and Woodford counties have smoking bans that can't be
enforced ... Court ruled in June do not have the power to ban smoking
in public places.
ban goes into effect across campus
The Eastern Progress Online - August 27, 2014
The entire campus community is responsible for helping to enforce the
ban, ... also falls under the tobacco-ban as the policy forbids smoking
to consider new smoking ban
WKYT - August 25, 2014
The city of Richmond is about to begin the process of passing a new,
city-wide indoor smoking ban for public places. Madison County's ban
was nullified by a Kentucky court ruling that said only elected bodies
can enact smoking restrictions. In Madison County, the health department
had passed the ban several years ago. ..
Ebola has nothing on tobacco
Lexington Herald Leader - August 24, 2014
Only about a third of Kentuckians are protected by bans on smoking in
enclosed ... Plus, the industry got its desired version of the bill
banning electronic cigarette ...
kicks off Facebook campaign
Bowling Green Daily News - August 23, 2014
A Bowling Green mother is starting a campaign to make playgrounds throughout
Warren County smoke free. On the Facebook page for the group she started,
Sawyer urges supporters to ask for playgrounds to be made smoke-free
areas by writing to Chris Kummer, ...
Nash Drops Out of Bowling Green City Commission Race [VIDEO]
WBKO - August 23, 2014
During that time, he supported the passage of the TIF district, the
building of the skate park and also the passage of the city wide smoking
ban. He lost a bid for ...
Smokeless Tobacco employees donate $55K to local charities
Kentucky New Era - August 23, 2014
Employees at U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company gathered early Friday morning
to see seven regional nonprofit organizations receive a total of $55,000
in donations from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund.
bus tour stops in Louisville to light-up support for ...
WDRB - July 30, 2014
Smoke-free bus tour stops in Louisville to light-up support for smoking
bans .... Kentucky legislators to pass a state-wide smoking ban during
next year's session
Continues To Spread Smoke Free Message
WUKY - July 30, 2014
The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition is driving their message across the
state. Their goal
to pass a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free
law that covers all ...
to ban indoor smoking statewide
WKYT - July 30, 2014
They're canvassing the state to get their message across that a smoke-free
workplace ... a wide-ranging, rather than patchwork assortment, of city
smoking bans. ... Four times they've tried to pass a smoking ban that
blankets the entire state of ..
shows similar results across state
Hazard Herald - July 30, 2014
The majority of adults throughout the state favored a statewide, smoke-free
law, tobacco free policies on school campuses, new school nutrition
standards, and ...
Smoke Free Road Trip to Fancy Farm
Public News Service (PNS) - July 29, 2014
Advocates of a statewide smoke-free workplace law are hoping Kentuckians
will be seeing fewer indoor ashtrays by 2015, as they promote proposed
indoor smoking ban legislation around the commonwealth this week.
advocates touring the state this week ($$)
The Messenger (subscription) - July 28, 2014
The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition will start its six-day statewide tour
"Road to a Healthier Kentucky" on Monday in Ashland and stop
in Owensboro at 10 a.m. Friday at Smothers Park.
Eat more fruits, veggies in N. Ky.
Cincinnati.com - July 27, 2014
The majority of Northern Kentucky adults favored a smoke-free law, and
favored tobacco-free and school nutrition policies in schools. Northern
Kentucky adults ...
need more talk about community challenges
Cincinnati.com - July 25, 2014
Topics have included the Brent Spence Bridge, smoking ban, and the
library tax, among many others. The NKY Forum volunteers are playing
a crucial role in...
Free Campuses Considered by Kentucky School Districts
WKMS - July 25, 2014
... Cessation Program Coordinator Elizabeth Anderson Hoagland says
smoke free campuses affect cultural views which significantly impact
advocates bound for Ashland
The Independent - July 24, 2014
ASHLAND Advocates for smoke-free public spaces are touring the
state, starting ... who support a ban on smoking in all public and work
places in Kentucky.
cities asked to ban indoor smoking
Insurance News Net - July 24, 2014
July 24 -- RICHMOND -- The Madison County Health Board voted 9-1 Wednesday
to ask the county's three local governing bodies to ban smoking in indoor
receives appreciation for being smoke/tobacco free
News-Democrat & Leader - July 24, 2014
Kathy Thweatt, Health Educator for the Logan County Health Department,
presented the Logan County Fiscal Court Tuesday with a plaque of appreciation
Hopkins Co. schools plan to go smoke-free
14 News WFIE - July 23, 2014
Hopkins County would join over 30 other districts in the Commonwealth
that are already smoke free. Superintendent Linda Zellich says the district
plans to ...
to discuss changes to Madison Co. smoking ban
WKYT - July 23, 2014
Smoking bans in Madison, Clark and Woodford Counties were also put
in place that ... a chance to discuss the ruling and take action to
put in place a new ban.
Ky. Will Kick Off 2015 Campaign with a Statewide Tour ...
SurfKY News - July 23, 2014
smoke-free-ky KENTUCKY (7/23/14) On the eve of the Fancy Farm
Picnic, the Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition will wind up a 10-city tour
at Baptist Health ...
GOP gubernatorial rivals Heiner, Comer face off
The Courier-Journal - July 22, 2014
... to work in union shops; that he favors a state-wide smoking ban;
and that he favors beefing up state job training programs to help lure
jobs to the state.
daylight between Heiner, Comer at Kentucky Chamber forum
WDRB - July 22, 2014
And they both said they do not favor a statewide smoking ban. ... governor,
over his decision earlier this year not to defend Kentucky's gay marriage
ban in court.
Kentucky Coalition to tour state from July 28 to Aug. 2
The Lane Report - July 22, 2014
(July 22, 2014) The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition is kicking
off its 2015 campaign to rally support for comprehensive, statewide
smoke-free laws on its ...
County Schools Plan Path to Tobacco-Free Campuses
SurfKY News - July 22, 2014
Statewide initiatives have seen Kentucky drop to sixth in youth smoking
after previously ... The ban on tobacco use would apply to students,
staff, visitors and ... According to Miller, schools where tobacco use
is banned on the premises boast ...
Kentucky Coalition sending van all over state to push for new laws in
KyForward.com - July 21, 2014
... Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids and other local health, businesses and community partners....
Images in Snapshot of KY Health Challenges
Public News Service - July 21, 2014
The majority of Kentuckians want a statewide smoke-free law, tobacco
free school campuses and mandatory physical education for school children.
The snap ...
promoting smoke-free environments where children play
The Lane Report - July 17, 2014
Signs reading Children at Play! Thank You for Not Smoking.
have been posted at five metro parks swimming pools and ten playgrounds
and spraygrounds. ParkNoSmokingTopStoryPools include those at Algonquin
Park, Mary T. Meagher, Nelson Hornback Park, the
State Students Eye Campus Smoking Ban
WSIL TV - July 17, 2014
Murray State Students Eye Campus Smoking Ban ... Last year, smoking
was banned in front of Regents Residential College. __. Information
from: Murray ...
hopes signs will discourage smoking at Louisville parks
WDRB - July 17, 2014
(WDRB) -- It's not a smoking ban, but a gentle reminder. ... You'll
soon see signs not banning smoking, but discouraging smoking at fifteen
Metro Parks around ...
ban on university campus eyed by some
Murray Ledger and Times - July 16, 2014
Smoking ban on university campus eyed by some ... just last year, smoking
was banned in front of Regents Residential College, because members
... that don't have smoking bans, and Western has initiated a strict
designated area restriction.
asking public not to smoke at city parks and pools vandalized
WAVE 3 TV (Louisville, KY) - July 15, 2014
"Children at Play. Thank you for not smoking." The effort
is spearheaded by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and
Wellness and Metro Parks. While there is no ordinance banning smoking
at parks, pools and spraygrounds, Metro Parks Director
Steve Beshear's Communications Office: Cigarette smoking among Kentucky
high school students drops significantly
Kentucky.gov - July 15, 2014
Kentucky dropped to sixth place among surveyed states in 2013 for high
school cigarette use, a significant improvement from the state's first
place ranking in 2011, according to a recently released Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Sur
Metro Government to Thank You For Not Smoking in City ...
WFPL-by Phillip Bailey - July 14, 2014
Since 2008 the city has banned smoking in public buildings and workplaces
... The city had considered extending an outdoor smoking ban for playground,
Kentucky Smokers Less Likely than Others to Be Offered Help to Quit
at Their Doctors Office
WKMS - July 14, 2014
According to a new poll, doctors in western Kentucky dont ask their
patients who are smokers if they would like to kick the habit as often
as other physicians in the Commonwealth.
to urge no smoking at pools, playgrounds
The Courier-Journal - July 14, 2014
Signs urging people not to smoke will soon be posted at many Louisville
Metro Parks playgrounds, spraygrounds and swimming pools.
Planters Bank President Elizabeth McCoy
The Lane Report - July 11, 2014
The chamber was also disappointed that even though statewide smoking
ban legislation is gaining momentum, it has not been enacted. The smoking
Most Kentuckians Like Expanded Medicaid But Not The ...
WKU Public Radio - July 10, 2014
The poll also looked at the opinions of a statewide smoking ban, accessibility
to healthy foods and physical education requirements for schools. Tags:
banned at Floyd County 4H Fair
WLKY Louisville - July 8, 2014
For the first time, the Floyd County 4H Fair Board is banning smoking
at the county fair. ... Smoking bans are a national trend for 4H affiliates
as part of the organization's healthy living ... Organizers hope the
ban won't keep people from coming.
to be Tobacco Free resource classes being held in Owensboro
14 News WFIE Evansville - July 7, 2014
Thinking about quitting smoking? The Kentucky Cancer Program is offering
free classes to help people kick the habit. KCP will hold its "Plan
to be Tobacco Free" ...
Opinion: Smoking violations stink ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - July 6, 2014
The Hopkinsville ordinance that bans smoking at most indoor public places
is not enforced at the Western Kentucky State Fairgrounds convention
center. That became clear last week during the fair. Despite assurances
from the fair boards leadership that smoking ban violations would be
addressed, at least a few people continued to smoke cigarettes throughout
fair week inside the convention center. This is a shame on so many counts.
laws take effect July 15
Ledger Independent - July 4, 2014
Legislators also passed a law that bars minors from purchasing electronic
cigarettes and another which will require parents or guardians to appear
in court with ...
eyes stricter smoking ban
KFVS - July 2, 2014
A western Kentucky city is considering a proposal to make a ban on smoking
Elected officials must OK smoke-free laws
Lexington Herald Leader - June 30, 2014
Smoke-Free Kentucky is disappointed by the recent decision of the Kentucky
Supreme Court reversing the lower court's ruling that the Bullitt County
Board of Health had the authority to enact smoke-free regulation.
ruling impedes 'ascendance of a fourth branch of government the regulatory
Times Tribune of Corbin - June 27, 2014
CORBIN Jim Waters is president of the Bluegrass Institute, Kentuckys
free-market think tank. And, theres nothing like a ruling by the Kentucky
Supreme Court on issues even remotely related to smoking bans to stir
the passions of a commonwealth raised on tobacco. I use the term remotely
because the primary impact of last weeks Kentucky Supreme Court ruling
will not prevent locally elected bodies from implementing smoking bans.
The court in 2004 already gave its stamp of approval to such policies
when it ruled in favor of Lexingtons smoking ban the first in Burley
writes decision: Supreme Court rules against health board smoke rules
Princeton Times Leader - June 25, 2014
County health boards in Kentucky do not have the power to ban smoking
in public places, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled without dissent.
The decision was a stiff blow to health officials who see smoking as
the primary factor in making Kentucky one of the least healthy states,
and have sought state and local smoking bans to limit exposure to second-hand
smoke. It struck down a ban in Bullitt County and presumably will do
likewise for those enacted by the Clark, Madison and Woodford county
health boards, which joined the case.
decision rests with elected officials ($$)
Princeton Times Leader - June 25, 2014
As much as we favor no smoking bans in communities, we do think such
action needs to be taken by locally elected officials. In Bullitt County
in 2011, the Board of Health enacted a regulation that banned smoking
in all enclosed public places in the county. The Kentucky Supreme Court
ruled on that case last week, saying that since the health board members
were appointed by the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family
Services, and not by duly elected representatives, the court deemed
that the board exceeded its authority. The result the no smoking regulation
is invalid and unenforceable.
against smoking ban binds Kentucky to past, limits future
Lexington Herald Leader - June 24, 2014
A decade into its pioneering smoking ban, Ireland is dancing to a happy
tune of more tourists and healthier people. Meanwhile, Kentucky is stuck
in its same old dirge of addiction, denial and early death. The latest
example came last week, when the Kentucky Supreme Court blocked local
health boards from protecting the public from the deadly effects of
breathing other people's smoke.
debate on E-cigarettes
Central Kentucky News - June 23, 2014
Here comes the sound of anti-smokers talking about the harms of e-cigarettes
the ones that burn no tobacco, only heat up a solution containing nicotine.
No harms are known either to the smoker or anyone closeby, but that
still will not stop the shrill voice of the tobacco critic claiming
regulation must be done to protect the public from the great unknown.
What part of no danger dont they understand?
board weighing options after Bullitt smoking ban overturned
Richmond Register - June 21, 2014
RICHMOND The Madison County Health Department is reviewing its options
after the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously overturned a health-board
imposed indoor-smoking ban in Bullitt County. The ban was similar to
a 2007 prohibition enacted by the Madison County Health Board. The Bullitt
Fiscal Court and the suburban Louisville countys city governments sued
the Bullitt Health Board after it banned smoking in indoor public places.
The litigants argued the board had exceeded its authority. Although
the Madison Health Board was not a defendant in the suit, it joined
the case in support of the Bullitt Health Board. The Clark and Woodford
health boards, which also imposed smoking bans, added their support.
The Madison Health Department is consulting its legal counsel, seeking
guidance for its health board in understanding the ramifications of
the ruling, according to a statement released Friday.
County Public Schools Bans E-Cigarette Use By Students
WKU Public Radio - June 20, 2014
Daviess County Public Schools has become the latest district to ban
e-cigarette use by students. Superintendent Owens Saylor says whether
or not the devices are hazardous to ones health, theyre intended for
use by adults
Supreme Court: Health boards can't ban smoking
Richmond Register - June 20, 2014
FRANKFORT County health boards in Kentucky do not have the power to
ban smoking in public places, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled without
dissent Thursday. The decision was a stiff blow to health officials
who see smoking as the primary factor in making Kentucky one of the
least healthy states, and have sought state and local smoking bans to
limit exposure to second-hand smoke.
Supreme Court overturns Bullitt County smoking ban
WDRB - June 19, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court has overturned
the Bullitt County smoking ban, saying the county Board of Health exceeded
its authority under state law and the ban is therefore invalid and unenforceable,
according to Thursdays ruling.
overturns Bullitt smoking ban
The Courier-Journal - June 19, 2014
Three years into court proceedings, the Kentucky Supreme Court has issued
a final ruling that overturns a smoking ban approved by the Bullitt
County Board of Health. The board exceeded its authority, the court
said, so the ban is invalid.
Opinion: Snuff out fairground smoke ban violations ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - June 18, 2014
Hopkinsvilles smoking ban has not resulted in a single citation for
anyone lighting up a cigarette in a public place since the ordinance
went into effect Jan. 1, 2013. Restaurants, stores, offices and other
venues affected by the ordinance seem to have handled the regulation
with few problems. In fact, a spokesman for the police department said
this week that hes not aware of any calls to officers to report a violation.
cigarette use prohibited on county property
News-Democrat & Leader - June 16, 2014
Apparently the use of an electronic cigarette falls under the no smoking
policy on county property the fiscal court passed recently An electronic
cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic
... vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings, while others release
a flavored vapor ... Some evidence suggests e-cigarettes may be safer
than smoking tobacco ...
story was erroneous
Central Kentucky News - June 15, 2014
A recent front page story on the inclusion of electronic cigarettes
(e-cigarettes) in the current smoke-free ordinance (6/1/14) was a disturbing
piece of journalism. The article was more consistent with a promotional
flyer for electronic cigarettes than an unbiased reporting of the facts
about recent changes to Danvilles smoke-free ordinance. Buried in the
middle of the article was a very important detail. The reporters son,
who is interviewed in the report, owns a vape shop that sells e-cigarettes.
This important fact was missing from the storys byline.
fight against lung cancer in Ky.
The Courier-Journal - June 15, 2014
Although active smoking is responsible for 80 percent to 90 percent
of lung cancer cases, many women newly diagnosed with lung cancer never
smoked or are former smokers. Radon, occupational and environmental
exposures to carcinogens (including secondhand smoke), outdoor air pollution,
and genetics also contribute to the No. 1 cancer killer.
reaches $110 million settlement with tobacco companies, ending 10 year
Greenfield Daily Reporter - June 13, 2014
FRANKFORT, Kentucky Tobacco companies have agreed to pay Kentucky more
than $110 million to settle a 10-year legal battle over the state's
share of the tobacco master settlement agreement. According to the terms
of the agreement - which Conway signed on Wednesday - Kentucky will
get $110.4 million of the disputed payments in the 2014 fiscal year,
bringing the state's total payments to $158.7 million. Going forward,
tobacco companies will pay Kentucky 45 percent of the disputed payments.
maker Altria leads 2014 Kentucky lobbyists
The Courier-Journal - June 13, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. Altria Group, the parent company of Philip Morris USA
and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, was the top spender among lobbyists in the
2014 Kentucky General Assembly, spending $156,200 far more than any
other company or group. And it got the things it wanted from Kentucky
lawmakers: tobacco taxes were not increased, no new tax was put on electronic
cigarettes and the tobacco-industry ...
voters consider more than self-interests
Cincinnati.com - June 10, 2014
Ohio passed their smoking bans with only 58 percent of their voters.
This indicates that there are factors other than their own personal
interests that voters ...
Kentucky goes tobacco free across entire campus, offers smoking cessation
AP - Associated Press - June 7, 2014
Jack Rutherford is co-chair of the campus tobacco-ban task force. He
told the Richmond Register changes on campus include banners and sandwich
boards reminding people not to use tobacco products.
spent the most to lobby Frankfort?
Cincinnati.com - June 6, 2014
On the local level, 39 cities and/or counties have smoking bans, including
... Lawmakers disagreed on the reasons why a popular smoking ban failed
and not all ...
Lobbying Still Trending Upward Despite 2014 Dip
WUKY - June 5, 2014
Some anti-smoking advocates have blamed the company for helping defeat
a proposed statewide smoking ban, but Altria says it did not lobby on
that issue, ...
| Tobacco top lobbyist
The Courier-Journal - June 5, 2014
Hypnotherapy has been tried by some as a way to drop their smoking habit.
... Altria says it did not lobby against the bill proposing a statewide
becomes latest in short list of state towns to ban e-cigs in ...
KyForward.com - June 4, 2014
The Danville City Commission has approved an ordinance that bans the
use of ... E-cigs have become increasingly popular as an alternative
to smoking, and ... own ordinance banning e-cigs in enclosed public
places, City Manager Ron Scott ...
| A healthier 'Ville
The Courier-Journal - June 4, 2014
Among recommendations: Curbing trans fats in local food, expanding outdoor
smoke-free areas and prohibiting vehicle idling when air quality is
poor. And the .
bans trendy e-cigarettes though public health risks unproven
Danville Advocate-Messenger - June 1, 2014
...ordinance becomes effective Monday upon its publication in The Advocate-Messenger.
The ordinance puts Danville in the vanguard of Kentucky cities that
have adopted proactive restrictions on the trendy vapor products
which contain no tobacco but are ...
risks sky high for smokers exposed to carcinogens
The Courier-Journal - May 30, 2014
Every year, 3,500 Kentuckians lose their lives to lung cancer
and smoking has .... While some Kentucky communities ban indoor smoking
in public places, ...
Kentucky University Goes Tobacco-Free
WEKU - May 30, 2014
Eastern Kentucky University is about to become tobacco-free system wide.
Eastern's main campus in Richmond and extended sites in Corbin, Danville,
offers tips on impacting community
Murray Ledger and Times - May 29, 2014
Today, she said, 90 percent of the city is smoke-free and real efforts
are underway at the government level to make the city a completely smoke-free
Goes Tobacco Free
WMKY - May 29, 2014
That includes electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, all of that on
the campus," said Rutherford. Rutherford says tobacco-free ambassadors
will walk the ...
bows to pressure on fairness ordinance
Central Kentucky News - May 28, 2014
In other business, the commission: Approved second reading of an amendment
to an existing smoking ordinance that would include electronic cigarettes
in the ban against smoking in public places. Hunstad and City Commissioner
Kevin Caudill voted against the proposal, citing the need to have further
evaluation of the facts about e-cigarettes before coming to an informed
Citations Continue To Decline Despite Strip Club Holdouts
WUKY - May 27, 2014
Today, Lexington's decade-old smoking ban is enforced by a handful of
health department inspectors, but it took years for the regulation to
County's tobacco heritage thwarts proponents of smoking ban
Lexington Herald-Leader May 25, 2014
"Burley put me through school," Judge-Executive Donnie Foley
likes to say. "Burley built this courthouse, burley built the schools,
burley put food on the table." And because of that, he said, he
can't imagine a day when Bourbon County goes smoke-free. Across the
country, about half the population lives in places with smoke-free rules,
said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the nonprofit Americans
for Nonsmokers' Rights. She said the science on the dangers of smoking
and exposure to secondhand smoke was clear, as were the benefits of
smoke-free laws. Kids who grow up where smoking is banned in public
places are less likely to smoke, she said. People tend to quit when
towns go smoke-free. Still, Hallett said, there continued to be resistance
to smoking bans, especially in the South. "The reality," she
said, "is that this is a crisis."
Donnie Foley on tobacco [VIDEO]
Lexington Herald Leader - May 24, 2014
Bourbon County, like most Kentucky counties, has a rich tobacco heritage
and that makes enacting smoking bans difficult. Foley says it can't
ever see it ...
than $8.25 mil spent lobbying in Frankfort
The Courier-Journal (blog) - May 21, 2014
Corporations and other groups spent more than $8.25 million lobbying
the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly. And of the approximately 650 groups
registered to lobby in Frankfort, the one that spent the most on lobbying
was so far this year was $156,200 spent by tobacco giant Altria, parent
of Philip Morris USA. That money appears to be a good investment. The
2014 session saw efforts to raise tobacco taxes fail. It also saw the
defeat of the statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces.
Ban Opponents Look Back
WUKY - May 20, 2014
Its a Thursday afternoon at Lynaghs Irish Pub & Grill and the crowd
is concentrated at the bar. Manager Brett Wilson is one of the few employees
who was around in 2004 when the new ordinance prohibiting smoking in
public buildings became a reality But as years have passed, the worst
predictions that the ban would all but kill bar business in Lexington
now appear overblown. Though Lynaghs hasnt seen its receipts fully return
to where they were pre-ban, Wilson doubts that has much to do with the
ordinance. "It's the influx of different bars in the area. The
campus now is flooded. Limestone has obviously turned into one big strip...
things like that. Not so much because of the smokers," Wilson says...
No Tobacco Day Op-Ed: Making It a Smokefree Summer
ReadMedia (press release) - May 12, 2014
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer to most people. As
people slow down a bit and vacation plans get made, this could be the
perfect time for smokers to break their addiction and begin new, smokefree
lives. The American Lung Association in Kentucky and Anthem Blue Cross
and Blue Shield have joined together on "Quitter in You,"
a program to support all smokers in their efforts to quit smoking. It's
important for smokers to understand that past attempts at quitting are
not failures, but normal and necessary steps to quitting for good. Now
is a great time to try again, and the American Lung Association is standing
by ready to help.
policies at local venues require better enforcement ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - May 11, 2014
With his son Hunter pitching a masterpiece against the Blazers, George
Kloke watched Henderson County's baseball game against University Heights
from the ...
but no thanks for advice on smoking
Central Kentucky News - May 11, 2014
Most all smoking individuals are very sociable. They share cigarettes
if one happens to not have any. They seem to be non-invasive toward
other people. Non-smokers have become just the opposite.
right choice for House 77 seat
Lexington Herald Leader - May 9, 2014
Brown no longer opposes the smoke-free ordinance and says he would support
a statewide law protecting Kentuckians from secondhand smoke in public
Secondhand smoke in vehicles can cause asthma attacks in nonsmokers
KyForward.com - May 6, 2014
Kentucky adults who have never smoked are more likely to have an asthma
attack when exposed to secondhand smoke in a vehicle than those who
are not exposed, according to a research paper recently published in
Tobacco Control, an international, peer-reviewed journal.
smoking ban stirs debate
Murray State News - May 2, 2014
D.J. Irvine, senior from Paducah, Ky., said he thinks a smoking ban
on campus would ... I don't have a problem with smoking bans when
it comes to indoors, but ...
Denham speak at Chamber meeting
Ledger Independent - May 1, 2014
... issues discussed were the need for the state to find additional
revenue sources; the debate on an increase to minimum wage; tax reform;
and a smoking ban.
Holds Smoke-Free Conference
WUKY - April 30, 2014
In addition to awards, the conference featured talks on e-cigarettes,
smoking in the workplace, and other subjects. Dr. Todd says the cause
has gained ground in ...
Bill 109 - What Does it Mean for E-Cig Retailers?
SurfKY News - April 29, 2014
Steve Beshear finalized the Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes) Senate
Bill 109 April 25 preventing the sale of electronic cigarettes to those
under the age of 18 ...
amending smoking ban ordinance to include e-cigarettes
Central Kentucky News - April 29, 2014
Danville City Commission voted Monday to approve first reading of an
ordinance amending an existing smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes.
Health Educators Take On Tobacco Culture In ...
WUKY - April 24, 2014
By Alan Lytle & Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy ... from two
health educators who faced long odds in enacting smoke-free policies
in Bourbon County.
tobacco ban lingers in 'educational' phase
NKU The Northerner Online - April 23, 2014
University administrators are not yet enforcing the tobacco ban. ...
But smoking and tobacco aren't the only things banned from campus; the
policy also prohibits ...
Ky. University to be tobacco-free
WKRC TV Cincinnati - April 23, 2014
The tobacco-free policy, which replaces the smoke-free zone policy that
had been in effect since 2006, covers all Eastern facilities and grounds.
It also prohibits ...
End of Kentucky General Assembly, Consituents Encouraged ...
Louisville.com - April 22, 2014
Because of a new state law minors cannot buy electronic cigarettes in
Kentucky. With the new law, minors caught buying e-cigarettes will face
a $50 fine and 20 ...
Ky. University to be Tobacco-free Campus
WZTV - April 21, 2014
The tobacco-free policy, which replaces the smoke-free zone policy that
had been in effect since 2006, covers all Eastern facilities and grounds.
It also prohibits ...
to be tobacco-free ($$)
messenger-inquirer - April 21, 2014
Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents has approved a tobacco-free
campus policy. The Richmond Register reported that effective June 1,
the use of tobacco on all property that is owned, leased, occupied or
controlled by the university will be prohibited.
Students React To Plans For Tobacco-Free Campus
WTVQ - April 20, 2014
A big change is coming June 1st to Eastern Kentucky University. Teachers,
faculty, staff, students will no longer be able to smoke on campus
weigh in on ban of e-cigs to minors
Insurance News Net (press release) - April 19, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill into law on Monday that bans the sale
of all types of e-cigarettes to minors and called the measure a "big
win" in an effort to reduce tobacco use.
the habit: smoke-free Ky. advocates speak out
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - April 19, 2014
You can smell, she said one afternoon in March, five weeks smoke-free.
It was like I woke up.
legislative session: New laws' impact will be far-reaching
The Lane Report - April 18, 2014
A change in state law will make it illegal for retailers to see e-cigarettes
to those under 18. There may be a bit less kudzu and other invasive
plants along ...
in Ky. back school smoking bans
Cincinnati.com - April 16, 2014
KY21Smokea Forum Friday August 12, 2011: Detail shot of No Smoking sign
of ... adults favored a workplace ban on smoking, including bars and
lawmakers wrap up session highlighted by new 2-year state ...
Daily Journal - April 16, 2014
A proposed statewide smoking ban was snuffed out. The House didn't take
up a bill aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service
by allowing ...
General Assembly session ends
The Lane Report - April 16, 2014
Electronic cigarettes. SB 109 prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to
those under the age of 18. Health care. SB 7 will broaden the prescribing
authority of Advanced ...
in Ky. back school smoking bans
Cincinnati.com - April 16, 2014
An overwhelming majority of Kentucky adults favor schools adopting tobacco-free
campus policies in their communities, new results released Wednesday
from the 2013 Kentucky Health Issues poll shows.
signage, UK is not a tobacco free campus
UK The Kentucky Kernel - April 15, 2014
When UKs campus-wide tobacco ban went into effect in November of 2009,
protesters voiced their disapproval by congregating on campus to smoke
together. More than four years after, I often pass noncompliant individuals
continuing to harm themselves, their friends and the local environment
by smoking on campus. The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation reported
at the beginning of the year that there are 811 colleges and universities
with tobacco free policies. However, a policy only makes a campus tobacco
free in principle.
ban on tobacco extends to personal vehicles on school property
Lexington Herald Leader - April 15, 2014
... well as in all personal vehicles while they are on the Eastern campus.
The new policy replaces the "smoke free zone" plan EKU has
had in effect since 2006.
where tobacco-free zones will be created in Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati Business Courier - April 15, 2014
The nonprofit group Interact for Health has awarded more than $300,000
in grants to help fund the efforts of six Cincinnati-area organizations
that hope to create tobacco-free zones that could prohibit not only
smoking but also chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. One of the largest
grants, for $100,000, was awarded to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
It intends to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to advocate
for a statewide ban on smoking in public places. One of its goals is
to reduce secondhand smoke in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties.
Public Health Chief Wants E-cigs in Statewide Smoke-Free Law
WKU Public Radio - April 15, 2014
Dr. Stephanie Mayfield hopes a statewide ban on smoking in public places
clears the General Assembly next year and she wants e-cigs to be included.
Beshear signs bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors
WAVE - April 14, 2014
... Monday which includes penalties for minors caught in possession
of e-cigarettes and ... Tobacco company representatives were there today
in support of the ...
Praises New Kentucky Law Barring Electronic Cigarette Sales to Minors
Stockhouse - April 14, 2014
Murray S. Kessler, Chairman, President and CEO of Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:
LO), the parent company of blu eCigs, today praised legislation signed
into law by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, which will bar minors from
buying electronic cigarettes, as an example of responsible regulation.
"Legislation that prevents the sale or distribution of electronic
cigarettes to minors is the right thing to do," said Mr. Kessler,
who attended the bill signing today in Frankfort with Gov. Beshear,
leading members of the Kentucky state legislature, and others.
Board Of Regents Approves Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
LEX18 Lexington KY News - April 14, 2014
The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved a Tobacco-Free
Campus Policy Monday. The use of all tobacco products on all property
that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by Eastern Kentucky University
will be prohibited starting June 1. This new policy will prohibit the
use of products in vehicles owned, leased or rented by the school as
well as personal vehicles that are located on university property.
approve smoke-free campus policy
Richmond Register - April 14, 2014
RICHMOND The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Monday
approved a tobacco-free campus policy and set 2014-15 rates for tuition,
legislators don't care about clean air
Cincinnati.com - April 14, 2014
I'm so disappointed, disillusioned and disgusted in our Kentucky government.
I've been paying close attention to the smoke-free issue because I care
about clean air. Having family members who suffer from asthma, cancer,
and COPD, I was really wishing that this one little vote would improve
their world. I can't believe the lack of concern from all of our legislators.
I'll do my best in the future to only vote for candidates that I know
will care enough for the Ky. people, not just their own popularity.
Gov. to sign bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors
KFVS - April 13, 2014
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will sign a bill into law banning e-cigarette
sales to minors in the state. The signing will take place Monday at
1 p.m. CT in Capitol Room 110 in Frankfort.
Bowling Green Daily News - April 12, 2014
When the session ends April 15, restricting sales of e-cigarettes to
minors will be all advocates have to show for their effort. In January
and February, the tobacco ...
bans sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - April 11, 2014
Without debate, the Louisville Metro Council voted unanimously Thursday
to approve an ordinance banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and
e-cigarette accessories to those under the age of 18. Earlier
in the day, Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill pa...
Supreme Court considering county-wide smoking ban for ...
WDRB - April 10, 2014
State Supreme Court considering county-wide smoking ban for Bullitt
on smoking ban legislation to take months
The Courier-Journal - April 10, 2014
Attorny Phil Scott, right, representing the Bullitt County Board of
Health, and opposition attorney John Spainhour, representing Fiscal
Make Kentucky smoke-free in public spaces
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - April 10, 2014
We need vision, courage and leadership from all segments of society.
Our health and our economy depend on it! I am sending an urgent plea
to all leaders in state and local government, as well as those on local
boards of health and you. Let's leave Kentucky...
Local Restaurant Owner Welcomed No-Smoking ...
WUKY - April 10, 2014
By Alan Lytle & Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy ... Bologna,
one of the first food service businesses to voluntarily offer some level
of smoke-free dining.
Check: No Ky. smoking ban costs taxpayers
FOX19 - April 9, 2014
A bill banning smoking in shared public spaces is dead in the Bluegrass
State. ... leaves Kentucky one of just ten states without a statewide
smoking ban and, ...
urge students to 'kick butts'
UK The Kentucky Kernel - April 9, 2014
The UK cheerleading squad and other students gathered at the Rose Street
Walkway on Tuesday to promote UK's tobacco-free campus and spread awareness
state's biggest health challenge, commissioner says
Bowling Green Daily News - April 9, 2014
Gibson told students she is concerned about tobacco smoking, preventable
... to support an all-campus smoking ban if the two-year housing requirement
bad smoke-free bill didn't pass ($$)
Princeton Times Leader - April 9, 2014
Its too bad the Kentucky General Assembly couldnt get around to passing
a statewide law to make public places smoke-free this session.
Banned From Warrick County Schools
Tristatehomepage.com - April 7, 2014
The Warrick County School Board is modernizing its tobacco and drug
policy by banning electronic cigarettes. School officials say it's another
example of keeping up with the times. School officials say instances
involving students bringing e-cigs to school have been minimal, so far,
but they are trying to be proactive before the problem gets worse. "We're
a tobacco free area, and we don't want anything that looks like it,"
says Jane Wilhelmus with the Warrick County School Corporation. The
Warrick County School Corporation works to eliminate electronic cigarettes
or 'e-cigs' on school grounds. "We are really trying to discourage
any type of tobacco use, and hopefully, preventing students from starting
will determine health board's authority
The Courier-Journal - April 4, 2014
Hearing should determine if the Bullitt County Board of Health has the
power to enact a smoking ban. The board of health previously approved
a county-wide ...
Breakaway Lounge provides relaxing retreat for students
Murray State News - April 4, 2014
It is normally used for smoking flavored tobacco that is called shisha.
The tobacco is passed through a vase of water before inhaled. The pipes
normally come in ...
week in review
Floyd County Times - April 3, 2014
Senate Bill 109 will prohibit the sale of "electronic cigarettes"
to minors. These e-cigarettes are sometimes marketed and sold as a safer
alternative to traditional ...
van lands Kentucky woman in Wythe court
TriCities.com - April 2, 2014
Between the hotels that don't want smokers and hotels that won't
take dogs, ... I was ticked off about the smoking ban and the
fact that they don't want us to say ...
ban includes e-cigs, smoking in cars
The Eastern Progress Online (subscription) - April 2, 2014
This includes banning e-cigarettes on campus, as well as not allowing
smoking in cars that are on campus. Fox said there is a lot of miscommunication
| A missed chance to help kids' health
The Courier-Journal - April 2, 2014
It's too bad the Kentucky General Assembly couldn't get around to passing
a statewide law to make public places smoke-free this session. Because
communities that enact smoke-free laws experience important gains in
children's health within about a year of banning smoking in places such
as stores, restaurants and offices, according to new study published
in The Lancet. "Smoke-free legislation has the potential to reduce
the substantive disease burden associated with second-hand smoke exposure,
particularly in children," the venerable international medical
finishing up work for 2014 session ($$)
messenger-inquirer - April 1, 2014
FRANKFORT The Kentucky General Assembly on Monday banned electronic
cigarette sales to minors and approved the state's first use of a medicinal
marijuana product, among other measures, on the legislature's last day
before the upcoming veto session.
bans e-cigarette sales to minors
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - March 31, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying
electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature
has approved. The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday. It
will become law unless Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it.
Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free
WFPL - March 31, 2014
Health department spokesperson Kathy Harrison says that led to a reduction
in the number of cigarette butts found in the area, but Louisville needs
a smoke-free ...
bans e-cigarette sales to minors
Lexington Herald-Leader - March 31, 2014
Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes
in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved.
OKs keeping e-cigarettes away from minors
WCPO - March 28, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would
ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Supporters say the
measure carries ...
House OKs keeping e-cigarettes away from minors ($$)
Owensboro (KY) Messenger Inquirer - March 28, 2014
Kentucky House has passed a bill that would ban the sale of electronic
cigarettes to minors. Supporters say the measure carries the same rules
that apply in banning youth access to tobacco products.
Co. Health Dept. encouraging businesses to go smoke-free
WDRB - March 27, 2014
"There's no need for reservation about smoke-free policies because
going ... and Grille in Shepherdsville says she's seen how smoking bans
do affect business. ... The Bullitt County Health Department passed
a smoking ban in 2011, but it was ...
considers smoking ban at playgrounds
The Courier-Journal - March 27, 2014
City officials are seeking public input about the possibility of prohibiting
smoking at Louisville Metro Parks playgrounds and spraygrounds and possibly
at other ...
passes compromise e-cigarette ban
The Courier-Journal - March 27, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. A compromise effort to ban sales of electronic
cigarettes to minors passed the Kentucky House on Thursday, giving the
broadly supported ...
legislature languishing on priorities with six days left
WAVE - March 25, 2014
... of a constitutional amendment that would've asked voters to legalize
casinos. ... A bill banning smoking in workplaces, including bars and
restaurants, cleared ...
would prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - March 17, 2014
Bill would prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors ... A bill that would
prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and vaporized nicotine to minors sailed
through the ... and alternative nicotine products under the same rules
and regulations as tobacco products.
letter | Smoke-free bill
The Courier-Journal - March 16, 2014
This bill still allows smokers freedom to smoke, It just says they can't
force children and non-smokers to inhale their secondhand smoke in public
For a Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Are Slim
WKMS - March 13, 2014
FRANKFORT Chances that a smoking ban will pass in Kentucky this
year are growing ever more slim. Each year, about 1,000 Kentuckians
die from illnesses ...
parks smoking ban tabled
Richmond Register - March 13, 2014
The changes would have banned smoking in certain areas of Richmond parks,
including playgrounds, shelters, sports field dugouts, bathrooms and
The Independent March 13, 2014
... largest pro-business organization, increased support for restricting
smoking in ... not believe the state should unreasonably restrict the
use of a legal product.
Northern Kentucky Advocate Discovers The Power ...
WUKY - March 13, 2014
Northern Kentuckian Denny Nafus has been involved in lobbying for smoking
bans in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties. He talks about the ups
state has the most smokers?
Times Record News - March 13, 2014
Kentucky and West Virginia have topped the list of highest smoking rates
in the ... States such as Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota and Rhode Island
have had the ...
a Hail Mary, statewide smoking ban bill's best hope in 2014 ...
cn|2 - March 12, 2014
The fate of a statewide smoke free law rests in the hands of a Republican
state senator, set to retire at the end of the session as well as a
Senate committee chairman who is torn on the issue. The bill to ban
smoking in Kentucky bars, restaurants and many workplaces has stalled
for the fourth straight year. The measures sponsor in the House, Rep.
Susan Westrom, D-Lexington placed blame at the feet of Democratic House
leaders last week for not calling for a vote on the measure in the House.
legislation work continues
The Harlan Daily Enterprise - March 12, 2014
Senate Bill 109 would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to
minors. ... Senate Bill 100 speeds up CCDW licensing by a simple measure;
Carroll Gibson's legislative update
Alton Telegraph - March 10, 2014
Preventing youth access to nicotine, Senate Bill 109 passed. This would
prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are
sometimes marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes
because they are smokeless. But they still emit a vaporized form of
nicotine to users that is reportedly addictive and unsafe for youth.
Notes: Reminiscent of 1964 march, Kentuckians still travel to ...
KyForward.com - March 10, 2014
E-cigs resemble traditional cigarettes and use vapors or aerosols to
deliver nicotine to users without the usual cigarette smoke. SB 109
was approved by the ...
Rights, Gambling and Ballot Questions on Legislature's Agenda
WEKU - March 9, 2014
Smoking and e-cigarettes: The high-profile "smoke free" bill
apparently was pushed off to future sessions when its chief House sponsor,
Rep. Susan Westrom ...
Kentucky Smoking Ban Bill Is Dead For This Legislative ...
WKU Public Radio - March 7, 2014
The sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some
private businesses in Kentucky says House Democratic leadership has
killed the ...
Week in Review - March 7, 2014
SurfKY News - March 7, 2014
Among them, Senate Bill 109, which passed 36-2, would prohibit the sale
of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are sometimes
marketed as a safer ..
to ban smoking in Kentucky dead, sponsor says
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - March 6, 2014
"It's died. It's dead," Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat,
said of House Bill 173. "I've been told there aren't enough votes
and we're just going to have to wait until next year. That came from
the Governor's Office."
owner fighting city's smoking ban, seeking opinion from ...
WPSD Local 6 - March 6, 2014
Todd faces new charges of violating Paducah's smoking ban. It's an ordinance
Smith has fought for seven years. "This is not a situation where
Dickie is ever ...
Lexington Musicians Chime In On Smoking Ban
WUKY - March 6, 2014
By Alan Lytle and Kentucky Center For Smoke Free Policy. This week ...
Today we look at the smoking ban from the point of view of the local
performer. Michigan ...
Please help us clear the air, end tobacco epidemic in ...
KyForward.com - March 6, 2014
Even though tobacco use has a hold on us more than on those in cities,
a University of Kentucky study reports Kentucky's rural residents favor
| Free smoke-free bill
The Courier-Journal - March 6, 2014
The drive for a statewide law making most public places smoke-free got
off to a great start. House Bill 173 sailed through the House Health
and Welfare ...
Want Statewide Smoking Ban To Protect Children
WMKY - March 4, 2014
A bill (HB173) that proposes a statewide smoke-free law in public places
awaits a vote in the Kentucky House, and supporters are urging lawmakers
to think about what it could do for children's health.
Smoke-Free Supporters Say 'Do It for Our Kids'
Public News Service - March 4, 2014
PHOTO: "Do it for our kids" is the message healthcare and
youth advocates are sending to state lawmakers as a main reason why
a statewide smoke-free law ...
Lobbying Taking Toll on Smoking-Ban Bill
WKMS - March 3, 2014
Tobacco companies have spent nearly $70,000 in the first month of the
2014 General Assembly, according to lobbying data from the Kentucky
Legislative Ethics Commission. And the sponsor of a bill that would
ban smoking in public places and some private businesses says that that
money is sowing doubt over its chances in the House.
isn't as bad as smoking, but there are risks involved
News Sentinel - March 3, 2014
Q: My 16-year-old daughter is vaping. Have you heard of this?! How can
I persuade her it's not a good idea? A: We had to do some research on
this one! But after smoking out the info, we hope we can help you persuade
your teen that using electronic cigarettes can have consequences. In
its favor, this cloud of vapor doesn't contain the 60 known carcinogens
found in tobacco smoke, and it may be a way to kick tobacco (it works
for some folks). But as a general rule, putting anything besides relatively
clean air into your lungs can lead to a roster of complications, depending
on what's inhaled. If your daughter wants to feel hip, suggest nonpermanent,
vegetable-based hair color (try red! blue!); you can live with that,
and so can she, right? And for stress relief, suggest joining an after-school
athletic program or doing yoga together. She'll learn how important
it is to inhale without extra chemicals in every breath and appreciate
how much you want to help.
of statewide smoking ban says House leaders are blocking vote to protect
some members from political fallout
The Lane Report - March 3, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) he bill for a statewide smoking ban has
stalled, with the prime sponsor saying House leaders are blocking a
vote to protect members who have told the sponsor they would vote for
it, but have told the leaders they dont want a vote because they dont
want it to be used against them in their re-election bids....
panel approves bill banning minors from buying or possessing e-cigarettes
The Messenger (subscription) - March 1, 2014
FRANKFORT No one under the age of 18 would be allowed to buy or possess
electronic cigarettes under a bill a state Senate committee unanimously
OKs bill to ban ecigarette sales to minors
kzim-am - February 28, 2014
A bill aimed at banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors
has cleared a Kentucky Senate panel. The measure is sponsored by Republican
Senator Paul ...
the smoke-free bill
The Floyd County Times - February 27, 2014
During the 2014 legislative session, our elected officials will be examining
the smoke-free issue once again. Rarely is such an opportunity available
to ban sale of electronic cigarettes to minors clears Kentucky ...
The Republic - February 27, 2014
FRANKFORT, Kentucky A bill aimed at banning the sale of electronic
cigarettes to minors has cleared a Kentucky Senate panel. The measure
is sponsored ...
smoking ban doesn't have enough support in House, for ...
WAVE - February 26, 2014
FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - There isn't enough support yet for a statewide
smoking ban to bring legislation up for a vote in Kentucky's House,
Speaker Greg ...
Statewide Smoking Ban an 'Uphill Battle,' House Speaker ...
WFPL - February 26, 2014
FRANKFORT Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says that mustering legislative
support for a bill that would ban smoking in private businesses and
statewide smoking ban faces 'uphill fight' in Kentucky House
Lexington Herald Leader - February 25, 2014
FRANKFORT A proposed statewide ban on smoking in public places faces
"an uphill fight" in the Kentucky House, with nowhere near
the necessary votes, ...
health board keeping tabs on smoke-free bill, state high ...
Central Kentucky News - February 25, 2014
Members of the Jessamine County Board of Health are keeping a watchful
eye on Frankfort as a bill that would make all of Kentucky's indoor
workplaces and ...
bills moving slowly in Kentucky legislature
The Courier-Journal - February 23, 2014
HB 173, Smoking ban, X ...
sets goals of reducing smoking, obesity, cancer rates in Kentucky
Associated Press - February 20, 2014
...Beshear said Thursday that Kentucky's dismal health status hurts
productivity, from workplaces to classrooms. The state ranks among the
worst nationally in smoking, obesity, cancer deaths and other chronic
ailments. Beshear says the goals will be met...
to vote on smoke-free Kentucky bill
The Messenger (subscription) - February 20, 2014
Saying history could be made, leaders of Smoke-Free Kentucky are asking
supporters of House Bill 173 legislation that would ban smoking
inside public ...
Passing A Statewide Smoke-Free Law
WUKY - February 20, 2014
Special thanks to the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy for sharing
the audio from their grant-funded oral history project. Information
on smoke free policies ...
seeks to curb e-cigs, hookahs, trans fats, expand outdoor ...
The Courier-Journal - February 19, 2014
Expand smoke-free zones outdoors to protect people from secondhand smoke.
... minors; curbing trans fats in local food; expanding outdoor smoke-free
to minors ban part of Mayor Fischer's health initiative
WDRB - February 19, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mayor Greg Fischer revealed plans for a city
ordinance that would ban the sale of e-cigs and Hookah products to minors,
Bill Passed By House Committee
WMKY - February 19, 2014
The Licensing and Occupations Committee in the Kentucky House has approved
a bill classifying electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product and prohibiting
Bill Aims to Restrict Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors
WKU Public Radio - February 19, 2014
The House Licensing and Occupations Committee advanced legislation Wednesday
that would make it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to anyone under
the age of 18. Under House Bill 309, the devices would fall under the
same rules as tobacco products. The bill is sponsored by Shively Democratic
Rep. Joni Jenkins and now moves on to the full House for consideration
mayor supports ban on e-cigs to minors; curb passes state House committee
The Courier-Journal - February 19, 2014
Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday that he plans to support a proposed
ordinance to ban the sales of e-cigarettes and hookah products to children
under 18 throughout the city.
smoking ban has 'around 50' votes in House, sponsor says
The Lane Report - February 18, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) The sponsor of the bill to ban smoking
in enclosed public places says she expects to bring it to a vote in
the state House on Wednesday or Thursday.
Challenge | Kentucky needs a smoke-free law
The Courier-Journal - February 17, 2014
The Kentucky General Assembly is on the verge of historic action that
would save lives and millions of dollars for the commonwealth and create
a brighter, healthier and more prosperous future for all of us. If they
pass bipartisan legislation to make all restaurants, bars and other
workplaces in the state smoke-free, our legislators will prove they
are committed to protecting both public health and the states economy.
hopeful 2014 is the year for statewide smoking ban
WAVE - February 12, 2014
Beshear's comments came after a rally at the state Capitol, in which
about 200 people cheered when smoke-free advocates urged lawmakers to
save lives by ...
smoking ban supporters push reluctant lawmakers to pass ...
The Courier-Journal - February 12, 2014
Smoking ban rally in Frankfort: Supporters of a state-wide smoking ban
gathered in the Capital Rotunda Wednesday afternoon for a rally supporting
two bills that ...
for smoke-free Kentucky workplaces continues
WKYT - February 12, 2014
The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition met Wednesday in Frankfort, calling
on lawmakers to join 24 other states the prohibit smoking indoors. Several
Governor Wants Tax on Electronic Cigarettes
Tristatehomepage.com - February 13, 2014
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear included a 20% tax on electronic cigarettes
in his tax reform plan. The plan also asks for a 40 cent increase on
each pack of ...
Beshear participates in Smoke Free Kentucky rally
WLKY Louisville - February 12, 2014
On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Steve Beshear will participate in a Smoke
Free Kentucky rally at the state capitol. Louisville Sen. Julie Denton
and Lexington Rep. Susan Westrom have proposed a comprehensive smoking
ban for Kentucky that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places,
including restaurants and bars.
gather in support of smoke-free workplace in Ky.
KFVS - February 12, 2014
Hundreds called on lawmakers Wednesday to pass legislation in support
of a statewide smoke-free workplace law in Kentucky. According to a
news release, Gov. Steve Beshear along with hundreds of residents, business
leaders and elected officials called for the change at the State Capitol
want a smoke-free law; Senate must not snuff out ...
Lexington Herald Leader - February 12, 2014
Voters are way ahead of the General Assembly when it comes to clearing
the air of toxic cigarette smoke in places where Kentuckians work and
congregate. Yet, the Senate's Republican leaders have relegated smoke-free
legislation to a committee where, from all appearances, they expect
it to burn out like an ...
| Make Kentucky a star with smoking ban
The Courier-Journal - February 12, 2014
A growing number of Kentuckians favor a ban on smoking in public places,
according to the latest Bluegrass Poll, with support from more than
half the citizens in ...
pros and cons of a smoking ban
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - February 11, 2014
Some state lawmakers say passing a smoking ban in public places is critical
with ... Dickerson's report on the pros and cons of prohibiting smoking
in restaurant, ...
Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Huffington Post - February 11, 2014
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
County Health officials want smoking ban in Barbourville
WKYT - February 10, 2014
It's probably good for the non-smokers. It doesn't bother me,"
said Chad Rose. Health officials presented the request to Barbourville
City Council last Thursday.
wants B'ville smoking ban
Times Tribune of Corbin - February 10, 2014
Could Barbourville be the next Kentucky city to ban smoking in public
places? The Knox County Health Coalition hopes so. Armed with visuals,
facts and other information, two coalition members made their case Thursday
for the city to pass a no-smoking ordinance.
Poll: Statewide smoking ban widely favored in Kentucky ($$)
The Messenger (subscription) - February 10, 2014
In a state that tops the nation for smoking and lung cancer more than
half of Kentucky voters say they would support a statewide law prohibiting
lighting up in bars, restaurants and other businesses.
Smoking ban not govt's role
Cincinnati.com - February 8, 2014
No one is forced to enter a smoking establishment.
board supports smoking ban
Richmond Register - February 8, 2014
RICHMOND The Madison County Health Board voted Wednesday night to support
a statewide smoking ban being considered by the General Assembly.
Smoke-free law deserves a vote
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader - February 7, 2014
Some will point to CVS as proof that individual businesses can take
care of the problem on their own. But Kentucky can't afford to wait
100 years for that to happen. Tobacco-related disease is an economic
crisis in this state.
statewide smoking ban clears first legislative hurdle in ...
The Messenger (subscription) - February 7, 2014
Proposed statewide smoking ban clears first legislative hurdle in Kentucky
... Committee has approved a bill to prohibit smoking in public places
statewide. kAmx ...
smoking ban would include e-cigarette use
The Messenger (subscription) - February 7, 2014
Statewide smoking ban would include e-cigarette use.
a statewide ban on smoking be near?
Louisville Business First (blog) - February 7, 2014
Kentucky has moved a step closer to a statewide ban on smoking in workplaces
and public buildings. The measure passed the House Health and Welfare
Fiscal Court makes its case on smoking ban
The Courier-Journal - February 7, 2014
...15, bans smoking only in county buildings, the Board of Health's
regulation ... Before the Bullitt smoking ban could be enacted in 2011,
Bullitt Circuit Judge ...
venue to allow smoking indoors
Business First February 7, 2014
Since the city of Louisville banned smoking inside public buildings
and workplaces, it can be difficult to find a place to enjoy the classic
combination of a glass of whiskey and a cigar. Looking
smoke-free date looms, cessation program ramps up
The Eastern Progress Online (subscription) - February 6, 2014
With Eastern's campus slated to go tobacco-free this June, the university's
smoking cessation programs could see an increase in activity over the
next few ...
Committee Votes For Smoking Ban in Kentucky
Tristatehomepage.com - February 6, 2014
Supporters say banning smoking in a public places, including work places,
in Kentucky would save lives. Opponents say banning smoking should be
up to the ...
| Merchants of life
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - February 6, 2014
...others should follow CVS' admirable decision ... By the time cigarettes
get finished with them, people don't look anything like the Marlboro
Man -- not even the Marlboro Man...
The Changing Attitudes Toward Smoking in Louisville and Beyond
WFPL 89.3 (Louisville, KY) - February 6, 2014
...But deep down, I knew, and I think most everyone around me knew that
cigarettes were coffin nails. With all this as background, it is refreshing
to see that finally its the private sector, not government, that
is issuing the rules. ...
More College to go tobacco-free in June
WCPO - February 5, 2014
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. Thomas More College will go tobacco-free beginning
June 1, joining Northern Kentucky University, Miami and others that
have banned tobacco from their campuses within the last year. All forms
of smoking and chewing tobacco will be prohibited, as will e-cigarettes,
according to Kim Harp, the school spokeswoman. No tobacco will be allowed
at sporting events or during classes. To help users quit the habit,
smoking/chewing cessation programs are being developed that will be
open to students, staff and faculty. A task force is finalizing details
of the policy.
could regulate sale of e-cigs
Central Kentucky News - February 4, 2014
The fourth week of the 60-day legislative session is in the books, and
while we await action on the budget bill several proposals were filed
this past week for consideration. One bill is House Bill 267 which proposed
to ban the sale of so-called e-cigarettes to anyone 18 and younger in
Kentucky. The legislation if passed would simply add e-cigarettes to
current rules and regulations covering the sale of other tobacco products,
which are already banned from sale to minors. E-cigarettes are different
than tobacco cigarettes in that they use water vapor, but some manufacturers
include nicotine in the liquid mix for their product.
Steve Beshear calls for increasing cigarette tax, lowering income tax
The Courier-Journal - February 4, 2014
FRANKFORT, KY. Gov. Steve Beshear called for lowering income tax rates
for individuals and businesses as he unveiled his tax-reform plan on
Jessamine support increases, poll shows
Central Kentucky News - February 3, 2014
A recent poll conducted by Asbury Universitys psychology department
on behalf of the Jessamine County Health Department shows that 62.6
percent of local residents support a statewide law to ban smoking in
all restaurants, bars and workplaces. According to the poll, even more
residents 66.2 percent support a county law to ban smoking in workplaces.
Samson enforces thirdhand smoke policy
Bowling Green Daily News - February 3, 2014
T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow has a thirdhand smoke policy
for all employees, including those who are under contract. Thirdhand
smoke is smoke that is on a persons body, on their clothing, on their
hair, said Laura Belcher, chief of planning and business development
for the hospital. Just like excessive perfumes and colognes may be difficult
for people with breathing conditions to be around, now weve added tobacco
as well. While employees are not expected to wash or change clothes
before entering the hospital, the employees are responsible for maintaining
good body odor, Belcher said. They have to maintain a dress code, and
that includes smoke residue. If they cannot do that during their work
time or break time, their option is to keep from smoking, she said.
If you (or a patient) smell it on that person, youre supposed to address
Manchester applauded for success of smoke-free ordinance
WKYT - February 3, 2014
The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy is applauding the city of
Manchester for its efforts to improve the health of residents. Two years
ago, all public places with the exception of tobacco stores went smoke-free.
It is not unusual to see cigarette butts smoldering outside businesses
in eastern Kentucky. But that is not the case at Aunt Bea's Diner in
downtown Manchester. Business owner Bobbi Coomer tells WYMT regardless
of what some of her customers want, she follows the ordinance...
Opinion: Smoke ban would help improve Ky.'s health ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - February 2, 2014
The conclusion of an American Lung Association report which says Kentucky
made no progress in the past year to reduce tobaccos toll on the states
health is another reason the General Assembly should pass a statewide
smoking ban this year. Kentucky earned an F grade in every measured
category of smoking prevention, the association determined in its State
of Tobacco Control report...
in dorms compromises on-campus living
Murray State News - January 31, 2014
Calls regarding marijuana smoking in the residential colleges have become
routine ... Students are also subject to punishment from the Housing
office and the ...
economy going up in smoke
Cincinnati Business Courier January 31, 2014
and Prevention (CDC), smoking-caused health costs in our state are $1.5
billion annually. Even larger productivity losses come from smoking-caused
work absences and on-the-job performance declines
recognized as state leader in ending tobacco use, is two ...
KyForward.com - January 30, 2014
The Southern Kentucky city's smoke-free anniversary coincides with the
50th ... Any level of exposure to secondhand smoke can cause both short-term
smoking ban's time has come
Princeton Times Leader - January 29, 2014
In this area, smoking has been banned from public buildings including
all workplaces for some time. Now, a statewide ban is again under consideration.
sales to minors would be banned under Kentucky bill
The Courier-Journal - January 28, 2014
A bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors was filed in the Kentucky
House on Tuesday by Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville.
bill bans those under 18 from buying e-cigarettes
WKYT - January 28, 2014
Shelbyville Representative Brad Montell introduced a bill on Monday.
This bill would add the sale of e-cigarettes to the current law prohibiting
the sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, to anyone under
the age of 18
asst. vice president Beatty to run for mayor
UK The Kentucky Kernel - January 28, 2014
Anthany Beatty, UKs assistant vice president for campus services, announced
Tuesday that he will run against Mayor Jim Gray this year. He is also
the co-chair of the Tobacco-free Campus Initiative Task Force. He plans
to submit his election papers to the Fayette County Clerk's office just
out the latest ban poll ($$)
The Messenger (subscription) - January 28, 2014
A recent poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky may initially
appear to indicate widespread support for a government-imposed statewide
smoking ban ...
smoking ban is cloudy issue
Cincinnati.com - January 27, 2014
The recent decision by the Bullitt County Fiscal Court to ban smoking
in county-owned buildings prompted a new question in the countys long
debate over smoking: Does the ban repeal a 2011 Bullitt Board of Health
regulation that prohibits smoking in all workplaces, including bars
and restaurants? Now that question will be decided by the Kentucky Supreme
Court, which is already considering whether the Bullitt Board of Health
had the power to enact the smoking ban.
still deadly, signs of connection to breast cancer
Lexington Herald Leader - January 27, 2014
It has been clearly understood for decades that smoking causes lung
cancer and heart disease, but there are many other health problems increasingly
recognized as being caused or worsened by tobacco use. Our state has
one of the highest rates of smoking in the nation, 29 percent; 32 percent
of men and 27 percent of women smoke, based on Centers for Disease Control
2011 data. Furthermore, 59 percent of Kentucky high-school students
say they have tried cigarette smoking and about 19 percent smoke regularly.
smoke leading cause of childhood illness, death
UPI.com - January 26, 2014
Secondhand smoke is the leading cause of childhood illness and premature
death, especially in rural areas, University of Kentucky researchers
say. Study co-author Ellen Hahn, a professor at the University of Kentucky
College of Nursing and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free
Policy, said elimination of the source of tobacco smoke is the only
way to completely protect non-smokers, including children, from secondhand
smoke. Hahn said the study used data from an Internet-based panel survey
administered to 400 to 500 Kentucky residents per year from 2007 to
2012. Most of the participants were women ages 35 to 54 with at least
some college education
| Smoke-free Kentucky, Matt Bevin and the tea party
The Courier-Journal January 24, 2014
The scientific evidence is clear: Secondhand smoke is a proven cause
of serious diseases and premature death. A growing number of cities,
states and countries are enacting laws that require all work and public
places to be smoke-free and the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy
of Pediatrics would like to see Kentucky join that movement.
Board of Health Chair Urges Smoking Ban Bill
SurfKY News - January 24, 2014
The following is a letter sent to the Kentucky General Assembly by Fayette
County Board of Health Chairman Scott White: Even more encouraging,
a wide array of municipalities has followed Lexingtons lead. Here is
a link to the current list of Kentucky cities, counties, and merged
governments that have adopted smoking bans. What is remarkable is that
bans are the law in cities, literally, from Pikeville to Paducah. Local
governments have been the leaders, and it is now time for State government
to take usto the next level.
could welcome more positive reception on tobacco ban
NKU The Northerner Online - January 23, 2014
The countdown has finally ended; tobacco has been banned from NKU. And
Im just going to say it. Northern Kentucky University makes me want
to smoke. While I know this ban is a campus-wide policy, it only directly
affects a small portion of those who find their way onto campus. I am
one of those people...
Two Early Supporters Of Lexington's Historic No-Smoking Ordinance
WUKY - January 23, 2014
This week we hear from cancer survivor Kathy Tabb, and Dr. David Stevens,
two early supporters of Lexington's No-Smoking Ordinance. Listen
UK's tobacco-free efforts matter
Kykernel.com (subscription) - January 22, 2014
What were you, your parents or your grandparents doing in 1964? Fifty
years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General issued the first Report on Smoking
and Health. While the U.S. has enjoyed a 58 percent decline in smoking
since 1965, too many Kentuckians still use tobacco. Kentuckians smoke
at higher rates than adults in any other state. An astounding 1.2 million
Kentucky adults smoke cigarettes, costing Kentuckians over $1.5 billion
to treat sick smokers. UKs decision to go completely tobacco-free more
than four years ago (November 2009) was a bold action toward ending
the tobacco epidemic.
questions proposed indoor smoking ban
Cadiz Record - January 22, 2014
House Bill 173 would ban indoor smoking in businesses and other places
of ... Yet he makes a distinction between banning indoor smoking in
public facilities ...
Worth dying for?
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - January 21, 2014
Mother used to say that if we could give every teenager a dose of chemotherapy
first, maybe theyd think twice before smoking. Do you really believe
smoking is worth dying for?
TheNewsTribune.com - January 21, 2014
In this area, smoking has been banned from public buildings including
all ... smoke while not unreasonably restricting the personal rights
of smokers. Taking ...
advocates use skewed polling, fail to mention most places, businesses
Bowling Green Daily News - January 20, 2014
A recent poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky may initially
appear to indicate widespread support for a government-imposed statewide
smoking ban even in privately owned restaurants and bars and in local
communities that already have implemented their various policies. Drill
down, however, and there is reasonable doubt.
years later, fewer smokers in Kentucky
Cigarettes might be more dangerous today
Daily Independent January 20, 2014
ASHLAND Half a century after the U.S. surgeon generals historic report
outlining the deadly health dangers of smoking, fewer Kentuckians smoke,
but the state remains at the top of the list nationally for the number
of smokers. The seven groups include the American Academy of Pediatrics,
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association,
American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, Campaign
for Tobacco-Free Kids and Legacy.
smoking ban legislation continues to spark debate
WAVE - January 20, 2014
LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is backing two
state lawmakers who are pushing for a statewide smoking ban. Monday
night the legislation sparked a lively discussion on KET's Kentucky
new year, a new goal - learn these facts about smoking
Central Kentucky News - January 20, 2014
Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase
their ... n On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Smoke-Free Bill Gaining Support
WTVQ-TV 36 (Lexington, KY) - January 18, 2014
65 percent of adults now support a potential smoke-free law. A new bill
recently introduced by State Representative Susan Westrom (D-Lexington)
and Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville) would make all public areas, including
restaurants, bars and workplaces,
out the latest smoking-ban poll
Richmond (KY) Register - January 18, 2014
A recent poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky may initially
appear to indicate widespread support for a government-imposed statewide
smoking ban - even in privately owned restaurants and bars and in local
communities that already have implemented
may mislead on support for smoking ban
Paducah Sun - January 19, 2014
Proponents of a statewide smoking law know that if they offer a choice
in these polls, most would favor bans in public places but not on privately
owned property. ... No doubt, it annoys statewide smoking ban supporters
that some Kentucky ...
Rodu | Smokers can turn to safer smoke-free tobacco products
The Courier-Journal - January 19, 2014
The commonwealth should make smoking history by telling the truth about
safer smoke-free tobacco products, enabling Kentucky's smokers to enjoy
longer and ...
Smoke-Free Bill Gaining Support
WTVQ - January 18, 2014
A push to get Kentucky smoke-free is picking up steam as 65 percent
of adults now support a potential smoke-free law. A new bill recently
introduced by State ...
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 Lane Report - January 15, 2014
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
County to hold public meeting on proposed smoking ban
WDRB - January 15, 2014
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
WAVE - January 10, 2014
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
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - January 12, 2014
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
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - January 9, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Health advocates are preparing another push for
a statewide smoking ban in some public places, and the campaign is drawing
of statewide smoking ban predict it will pass the House
The Lane Report - January 9, 2014
Sponsors of a bill to ban smoking in most public places in Kentucky
said Wednesday that it will pass the House and has a chance in the Senate.
Legislation "Ready To Roll," But Could Face Uphill Battle
WUKY - January 8, 2014
It's the fourth year lawmakers in Frankfort are pressing for a statewide
smoke-free law, but advocates say the momentum is now on their side.
cigarette tax hurts the poor: Opposing view
USA Today January 8, 2014
Kentucky is a woefully unhealthy state. Even Bluegrass residents admit
that their smoking rate the nation's highest significantly contributes
to this sickly state of affairs. ...
shows support for statewide smoking ban
Hazard Herald - January 8, 2014
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
Business First January 8, 2014
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.
KFVS - January 8, 2014
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
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - January 8, 2014
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 ...
WDRB - January 7, 2014
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
WDRB - January 7, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bullitt County leaders are holding off on
a vote to ban smoking at all county owned buildings. Officials put a
planned Tuesday morning vote aside until a special session next week
to allow more time for the public to comment on the proposal.
Kentuckians support smoke-free law, health survey says
Lexington Herald Leader - January 6, 2014
A recent poll found 65 percent of Kentucky adults support a state law
limiting smoking in public places, including 38 percent of the commonwealth's
law gains support in Kentucky
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - January 6, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) Poll data released Jan. 6 by the Foundation
for a Healthy Kentucky indicate support for a statewide smoke-free law
is at ...
you favor a statewide smoking ban?
Bowling Green Daily News - January 6, 2014
Do you favor a statewide smoking ban? Total votes:
liquid nicotine poisonings rising among kids
Flavored liquid nicotine can poison children
Cherry Hill Courier Post - January 6, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix,
electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity. But some doctors and
researchers say these smoking substitutes are far from harmless especially
are changing and fast on Kentucky smoke-free law
Business First of Louisville (blog) - January 3, 2014
Minds are changing and fast on Kentucky smoke-free law.
shows support highest ever for state-wide smoking ban
Bowling Green Daily News - January 3, 2014
Support for a statewide smoke-free ban continues to increase, according
to a poll ... My biggest issue is that it bans smoking on all businesses,
including farms ...
may propose crackdown on e-cigs; problems among kids rising
The Courier-Journal - January 3, 2014
Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix, electronic cigarettes
are surging in popularity. But some doctors and researchers say these
smoking substitutes are far from harmless especially to children. More
teens are trying these products which are legal for all ages in Kentucky
even as scientists are increasingly raising concerns about the effects
of e-cigarettes secondhand vapor on children.
for smoke-free law in Kentucky continues to grow
The Lane Report - January 3, 2014
The poll was created after the U.S. surgeon general reported in 2006
that no amount of secondhand smoke is risk-free and recommended eliminating
all indoor ...
Milov | E-cigarettes and the tobacco farmer
The Courier-Journal - January 2, 2014
Since the Surgeon General first linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer
in ... in the opposition to tax increases, marketing restrictions, and
other antismoking ...
campus goes tobacco-free
WCPO - January 2, 2014
Northern Kentucky University is now a tobacco-free campus. Effective
Jan. 1, NKU students and faculty are prohibited from using tobacco products
anywhere on campus and in vehicles.
of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoking Ban
WKMS - January 2, 2014
A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians
are now in support a statewide smoking ban.
two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law against ...
The Courier-Journal - January 2, 2014
About two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law against lighting
up in public places, according to a new poll that has found steadily
rising support in a state with the nations highest smoking rate.
goes smoke-free in the new year
KFVS - January 1, 2014
The city of Mayfield, Ky. has officially gone smoke-free in the new
year. The City Council voted 5 to 4 earlier last year in favor of a
smoking ban inside the city limits. It applies to buildings and restaurants.
Smokers can light up in designated areas like private clubs and completely
confined and separate smoke-proof areas with independent heating and
air conditioning systems. .
Fiscal Court to vote on smoking ban ordinance
The Courier-Journal - December 29, 2013
A proposed ordinance banning smoking in all government buildings would
overrule a Board of Health regulation currently pending before the Kentucky
Supreme Court, Bullitt County attorney Monica Robinson said. The ban
would not apply to private property or buildings unlike the Board of
Health ban, which, if approved by the Supreme Court, would outlaw smoking
in all public places, including bars and restaurants. Bullitt Fiscal
Court could vote on the proposed ordinance Jan. 7. The ordinance also
says all other ordinances, resolutions and administrative regulations
inconsistent with it would be repealed.
local regulation is still hazy
Bowling Green Daily News - December 28 , 2013
With no statewide legislation addressing smoking in public places and
no specific legislation targeting electronic cigarettes, there is some
question about how ...
Smoke-free policy can save lives
Cincinnati Enquirer - December 28, 2013
Kentucky continues to have one of the highest adult smoking rates in
the nation. With 24.8 percent of Kentucky adults smoking, our state
ranks No. 2 in the country behind West Virginia. It's time for Kentucky
to act. With a smoke-free law, we simply ask smokers to do so where
it will not harm others. Smoke-free laws have been shown to be an effective
tool in reducing the harm brought by tobacco use. ...
Meet The "Little Girl" Who Helped Frankfort Go ...
WUKY - December 19, 2013
Frankfort residents Lisa and Elizabeth Wood recall what it took to pass
a no-smoking ordinance in the Capital City.
lobbies chamber for 'smoke-free law' support
The Harlan Daily Enterprise - December 18, 2013
Betsy Janes with Smoke-Free Kentucky spoke to members of the Harlan
Chamber of Commerce recently about a smoke-free law for the public work
places in Kentucky. Saying smoke-free laws are good for your health,
Janes encouraged everyone to join the fight for a smoke-free Kentucky.
prompt calls to Kentucky Poison Control Center
Business First of Louisville (blog) - December 17, 2013
Kentucky poison control authorities are receiving a growing number of
reports of children who have been exposed to electronic cigarettes.
The Kentucky Poison ...
control calls concerning children, e-cigarettes up 400%
14 News WFIE Evansville - December 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Poison Control Center is issuing
a warning after seeing a rise in children exposed to the ingredients
inside electronic cigarettes. The center said they have seen a 400 percent
increase in calls concerning children getting into the cigarettes. The
different flavors and bright colors are tempting for children. The center
said some ingest them or rub the liquid on their skin.
cause alarming increase in calls to poison control center
The Lane Report - December 9, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2013) As the debate about electronic cigarette
regulation continues with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
and device manufacturers, data from one state poses concerns that should
be part of the conversation. The Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center
of Kosair Childrens Hospital has received 39 calls about e-cigarettes
so far this year, a 333-percent increase from nine calls received in
2012. Nationally, poison control centers have seen a 161 percent increase
in calls from people with concerns about these devices. With sales of
e-cigarettes doubling to $1.5 billion in the past year, the calls are
likely to increase. Kids are picking up the liquid cartridge when cartridges
are left accessible or when an adult is changing the cartridge, she
said. Theyre also getting a hold of the e-cigarette and taking it apart
to expose the liquid. They then either ingest the liquid or get it onto
their skin. Even on the skin, the nicotine is absorbed and can create
adverse side effects.
Policies Spread To Kentucky Campuses
WUKY - December 5, 2013
The passage of Lexington's history-making no-smoking ordinance ten years
ago influenced many other communities and institutions to follow suit
in the coming years. Today we hear from former UK President Lee Todd
and former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty who were instrumental
in making the university a tobacco-free campus. Todd says he jump-started
the effort after a meeting with Ellen Hahn of the Kentucky Center for
Smoke Free Policy.
ban will increase overall health, provide cleaner air
The Eastern Progress Online - December 4, 2013
Does the tobacco activity on campus make you anxious? Does widespread
smoking or public hookah sessions bother you? Eastern has enacted a
campus-wide tobacco ban to protect people from adverse health risks.
Urges Statewide Smoking Ban
SurfKY News - November 21, 2013
(11/21/13) Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in businesses
and restaurants urged members of the General Assembly's Interim Economic
Leaders Call For Kentucky-Wide Workplace Smoking Ban
WEKU - November 21, 2013
...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 ...
of Kentucky Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Tobacco-Free ...
SurfKY News - November 21, 2013
(11/21/13) Students and faculty at the University of Kentucky
joined together Thursday to celebrate the fourth anniversary of UK's
tobacco-free campus initiative ...
Health officials remind visitors campus is smoke free
14 News WFIE Evansville - November 22, 2013
Owensboro Health officials remind visitors campus is smoke free.
smoke-free advocates plan gathering
Evansville Courier & Press - November 21, 2013
Representatives of the Cancer Action Network and Smoke Free Kentucky
will join with representatives from the university and business communities
smoke-free advocates plan gathering
WOWK - November 21, 2013
Representatives of the Cancer Action Network and Smoke Free Kentucky
will join with representatives from the university and business communities
to celebrate tobacco-free campus
UK The Kentucky Kernel - November 20, 2013
In honor of UK's four years of being a tobacco free campus, there will
be a tobacco-free tailgate on Thursday to raise awareness about effects
of tobacco use.
needs to enact smoke-free law
Times Tribune of Corbin - November 20, 2013
As such, many cities, states and countries have passed laws that require
all workplaces and public places to be smoke-free. This movement continues
to testify in favor of a statewide smoke-free workplace law
The Lane Report - November 18, 2013
With the strong support of its members, the chamber has been a long-time
advocate of implementing a statewide smoke-free law in Kentucky. The
could lose $45 million in tobacco settlement money
The Courier-Journal - November 15, 2013
FRANKFORT, KY. Kentucky could lose as much as $45 million in tobacco
settlement money next spring under a little-noticed arbitration ruling,
creating a potential funding shortfall for agriculture, smoking-cessation
and early childhood programs.
Voices: Smoke-free laws build groundwork to battle lung cancer
Lexington Herald Leader - November 12, 2013
The Markey Cancer Center's recent National Cancer Institute designation
means that not only do we have the resources, talent, and opportunities
to offer the best cancer treatment for citizens of Kentucky, we are
firmly committed to developing programs and policies that help prevent
these dreadful diseases.
shouldn't get Medicaid or Medicare, says GOP legislator ...
The Floyd County Times- October 23, 2013
As I don't think we have should have a smoking ban, I also think
if you're going to be smoking, you should have to sign a waiver that
you will not get onto ...
report for Lawrence, Elliott restaurants
The Independent - October 9, 2013
SANDY HOOK A study of air quality in restaurants in Elliott and Lawrence
counties showed that patrons and workers in some establishments are
exposed to harmful levels of second-hand cigarette smoke. The study
the results of which were presented Tuesday by Smoke-Free Kentucky at
a meeting of the Elliott County Chamber of Commerce indicated ...
looks to go tobacco free next year
The Eastern Progress Online (subscription) - October 3, 2013
Eastern will be a tobacco-free campus beginning in June of next year,
President Michael Benson announced last week. The move would add Eastern
to a list of nearly 1,200 schools nationwide that have banned tobacco
or smoking on their campuses, according to an American Nonsmokers Rights
Foundation study published in July.
announces move toward tobacco-free campus
Richmond Register - September 27, 2013
RICHMOND Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson
on Friday announced that a task force has been established to finalize
a tobacco-free ...
public library goes smoke free
Ledger Independent - September 25, 2013
VANCEBURG | The Lewis County Public Library grounds will be designated
as non-smoking beginning Oct. 1. According to Lewis County Public Library
Ky. health group signs on to ban smoking statewide
Business First of Louisville (blog) - September 23, 2013
The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health is supporting the idea
of a state law to ban smoking at all workplaces, including restaurants
and bars. The board ...
Bingo Parlor to remain smoke-free
Times Tribune of Corbin - September 11, 2013
Representatives with a well-known Corbin bingo hall came before the
City Commission Monday to again try to get exempted from the citys no
smoking ordinance but again were unsuccessful.
question tobacco-free policies
NKU The Northerner Online - August 29, 2013
Freshmen coming to NKU's campus this fall have to adapt to college life
as well as the university's enforcement of the new tobacco-free policy
beginning in ...
group pushes for smoking ban
WPSD Local 6 - August 14, 2013
MURRAY, Ky. - Martha's is an old fashioned place best known for serving
up 'meat and 3's.' It is a place where customers chat away the morning
with coffee and ...
parlor wants exemption from non-smoking ordinance
Times Tribune of Corbin - August 14, 2013
A local bingo parlor said the City of Corbins ordinance, which bans
smoking in public places, has affected not only their business, but
has hurt the revenue charities get from it as well. As a result, they
asked the Corbin City Commission for an exemption from the ordinance.
During the commissions regular meeting Monday, a representative from
the Corbin Bingo Parlor pointed out that during the past 16 months,
revenues from charities have declined 70 percent. We tried to comply
with the citys non-smoking ban, but those revenues have dropped as a
result of the ordinance. All four of the charities who use our parlor
are on probation with the state Charitable Gaming Commission because
theyve lost their 40 percent profit margin. Thats because theyve lost
their bingo players. Attendance has been lost by half, said Corbin Bingo
Parlor Manager Luane Tompkins.
campus tobacco free
Central Kentucky News - August 14, 2013
As of Monday, the Winchester-Clark County campus of the Bluegrass Community
and Technical College System officially became tobacco-free.
Air Murray to push for smoking ban
Murray Ledger and Times - August 14, 2013
With the Mayfield City Council passing a smoking ban last month, an
anti-smoking group in Murray says it plans to continue advocating for
a more comprehensive ban for the city.
is right plan for college ($$)
Princeton Times Leader - August 7, 2013
The entire Kentucky State University campus is going smoke-free. We
applaud, congratulate and give a hearty pat on the back to the eight
regents who voted for the policy (and question the two regents who voted
against such an obvious health-related decision). Smoking has been banned
in public places in the city of Frankfort since 2006 and in Franklin
County since 2012.
Ledger Independent - August 1, 2013
Effective today, Aug. 1, Maysville Community and Technical College joins
a growing number of colleges and universities across the country that
have adopted a tobacco-free policy.
State Becomes Tobacco Free Campus
University Herald - July 30, 2013
Kentucky State University Board of Regents has approved an anti-tobacco
policy, effective Thursday that prohibits tobacco use in all buildings,
events and around parking lots within the campus.
State University goes smoke free
WKYT - July 29, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State University is going tobacco free
across campus. The new policy takes effect on Thursday and prohibits
tobacco use in all university buildings, at events and inside vehicles
parked at the university. ...
Voices: It's time to take Ky. smoke-free statewide
Lexington Herald Leader - July 29, 2013
In a decade, 38 communities have reaped benefits of smoking restrictions
Freedom, responsibility can curb 'secondhand' health costs
Cincinnati.com - July 28, 2013
By requiring us to financially subsidize smoking, the government has
restricted the liberty interests of non-smokers. I hear a lot of noisy
objections to secondhand smoke. I call smoker health subsidies secondhand
health care costs. If we dont like smoking, why are we paying smokers
Kentucky a smoke-free state
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - July 24, 2013
Ten years ago on July 1, 11 brave Lexington Fayette Urban County Council
members voted to support Kentucky's first smoke-free ordinance. This
historic vote has been called the "shot heard 'round the world"
since smoke-free legislation was virtually ...
turns away challenge to tobacco-free prisons
Corrections.com - July 15, 2013
(AP) Kentucky's prisons can remain tobacco-free because the head of
the state Department of Corrections has the authority to ban cigarettes
and smokeless ...
turns away challenge to tobacco free prison
WCHS-TV8 - July 12, 2013
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a challenge by a death
row inmate to the state's tobacco free prisons policy. The court on
Friday found that state law does not limit the Department of Corrections
authority to ban smoking at penal institutions.
expands smoke-free zones
San Antonio Express - July 12, 2013
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) Prestonsburg officials have expanded the city's
no-smoking policy, some four years after it went into effect. Mayor
Jerry Fannin ...
bans smoking in more areas
WKYT - July 10, 2013
The city council voted to expand the restrictions on its smoking ban
limiting where folks can light up. Smoking cigarettes, though touted
for being unhealthy, is a ...
extends smoke ban to sidewalks, parks
The Floyd County Times - July 10, 2013
The city council voted 4-1 to extend Prestonsburg's smoke ban to include
all city ... The new ordinance also bans smoking inside city-owned vehicles,
but will not ...
bars smoking in public buildings ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - July 9, 2013
MAYFIELD, Ky. A western Kentucky city has joined other municipalities
in banning smoking in public buildings. The Mayfield City Council voted
5-4 Monday night to prohibit people from lighting up in a variety of
places, including restaurants and city facilities. Smokers will still
be allowed to partake of tobacco in designated areas, such as private
clubs, tobacco shops and in completely confined and separate smoke-proof
enclosures with independent heating and air conditioning systems.
becomes latest Ky city to ban smoking in public buildings
WCHS-TV8 - July 9, 2013
The Mayfield City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to prohibit people
from lighting up in a variety of places, including restaurants and city
facilities. Smokers will still be allowed to partake of tobacco in designated
areas, such as private clubs, tobacco shops and in completely confined
and separate smoke-proof enclosures with independent heating and air
first in state smoking ban paves the way for more than ...
KyForward.com - July 2, 2013
More than one-third of Kentuckians are now protected by smoke-free workplace
laws since Lexington became the first in the state to enact anti-smoking
legislation 10 years ago.
Celebrates Smoke-Free Ordinance 10th Anniversary
SurfKY News - July 2, 2013
(7/2/13) Lexington is celebrating a major historical milestone today
with the 10th anniversary of the passage of the smoke-free ordinance
on July 1, 2003.
history project StoryCorps comes to state for interviews about smoke-free
KyForward.com - July 2, 2013
If you are a Kentuckian involved in the states early smoke-free efforts,
StoryCorps wants to hear from you. In Kentucky, they want to talk to
policymakers, business owners, community leaders and advocates who have
worked to make workplaces smoke-free.
officials mark smoke-free anniversary
FOX19 - July 2, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington-Fayette County was the first local government
in Kentucky to pass a smoke-free ordinance, and officials this week
are marking ...
school district goes smoke free on campus
MSN Money - July 1, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's largest public school district has
gone smoke free on all campuses. Jefferson County Public Schools enacted
the regulation Monday, barring parents, visitors and employees from
lighting up on any school property or in district vehicles. ...
smoking ban also snuffed fears
Health better, downtown livelier since historic vote
Lexington Herald Leader - June 29, 2013
Ten years ago, Lexington did what would have been unthinkable a few
years before. The city that once billed itself as the "world's
largest burley tobacco market" put smokers outside. ...
week in review
The Floyd County Times - June 26, 2013
A little over 34 percent of Kentuckians are covered by local smoke-free
laws that ban smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places or buildings
open to the ...
Public smoking ban overdue in Kentucky
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer - June 23, 2013
...The bottom line is this: Smoking is killing us. And it is costing
us a lot of money and medical resources, today and in the future. I
urge you to advocate for smoke-free laws with our elected officials.
On this issue, we need to change the state we ...
Passes Smoking Ban, South Beach Smoke Offers ...
SBWire (press release) - June 19, 2013
Miami, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/19/2013 -- Mayfield, Kentucky has given
preliminary approval to ban smoking in public places. The City Council
voted 6-4 to pass, ...
laws still a debate in Ky.
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer - June 17, 2013
...Criswell's 13-year-old program is funded in part with Kentucky's
share of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, a multi-billion-dollar
settlement reached between 46 states, including Kentucky, and the nation's
cigarette companies. ...
Our Opinion: Ky.'s leaders can't ignore cost, rates of smoking ($$)
Kentucky New Era - June 17, 2013
...Kentucky smoking statistics also include this: we have the highest
rate of smoking in the United States, medical expenses related to smoking
are $1.5 billion annually and smoking is the cause of approximately
7,800 deaths each year. ...
of Kentuckians on health shows clear regional differences ...
KyForward.com - June 17, 2013
Results of a recent poll of Kentuckians by region show that the majority
of adults in the Bluegrass favor a statewide smoke-free law, view health
care costs as a ...
Mayfield public smoking ban passes first vote, second ...
WPSD Local 6 - June 11, 2013
MAYFIELD, Ky. - Smokers in one western Kentucky town might soon have
to put out their cigarettes before dining in. According to the Paducah
Sun, Mayfield's ...
Ky. city discussing smoking ban
Bowling Green Daily News June 11, 2013
Officials in Mayfield have given preliminary approval to a ban on smoking
in public places.
Discussing Smoking Ban
WBKO - June 11, 2013
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) Officials in Mayfield have given preliminary approval
to a ban on smoking in public places. The Paducah Sun reports the City
34 Percent Of Kentucky Covered By Smoke-Free Laws
WorkersCompensation.com (press release) - June 6, 2013
A little over 34 percent of Kentuckians are covered by local smoke-free
laws that ban smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places or buildings
open to the public, state tobacco prevention and cessation officials
told state lawmakers today. Those Kentuckians live or work in 23 municipalities
with comprehensive smoke-free ordinances that ban smoking in all workplaces
and public areas or facilities, Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
Program official Angela Criswell told the Tobacco Settlement Agreement
Fund Oversight Committee.
Science of Cigarettes: Research Organization Studies Tobacco to Keep
SurfKY News - June 5, 2013
The University of Kentucky is renowned for its healthcare research,
but a lesser-known area of study is burgeoning at the university as
well. The Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, located
on the UK campus, has a unique interest: analyzing tobacco. Funded by
cigarettes taxes, the center's research looks at the future and development
of the tobacco crop.
The Kentucky Tobacco Research Board oversees the research. Board Chairman
Scott Travis said the purpose of the board is to benefit tobacco growers
sales lighting up detention center's canteen fund
CorrectionsOne - June 4, 2013
JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. E-cigarettes don't really light up, but they have
lit up canteen sales at the jail. Jon Sallee, county jailer, says sale
of the cigarettes ...
gets more than $101 million in tobacco settlement money
The Lane Report - April 18, 2013
Kentucky received its annual payment of more than $101 million in tobacco
settlement money this week.
confident customers prefer smoke-free
Cincinnati.com - April 18, 2013
Pompilios to go Smoke Free: The owners of landmark Pompilios Restaurant,
Newport, have announced that the bar and restaurant will become smoke
smoking ban in Elkhorn City to be enforced starting this month
The Republic - April 5, 2013
ELKHORN CITY, Kentucky A new smoking ban in Elkhorn City will
start ... The ordinance is modeled after Pikeville's ordinance which
also bans smoking in ...
smoking ban ready to go into effect
Appalachian News-Express - April 5, 2013
The Elkhorn City smoking ban which was unanimously approved by the Elkhorn
City Council during a special meeting last month is planned to be enforced
County Public Library going smoke-free
kypost.com - March 30, 2013
The Kenton County Public Library is going smoke-free. Starting Monday,
April 1, smoking and tobacco use anywhere on the librarys property
will be prohibited. ...
ban gets final approval in Elkhorn City
Bowling Green News March 29, 2013
Officials in Elkhorn City have given final approval to a proposal to
ban smoking in public places in the eastern Kentucky city.
ban passes in Elkhorn City
WKYT - March 29, 2013
Council members in Elkhorn City on Thursday night overwhelmingly approved
a smoking ban. The measure passed 6-0 and bars smoking in public buildings
takes step toward smoking ban
Appalachian News-Express - March 22, 2013
The Elkhorn City Council read and unanimously approved this week the
first reading of an ordinance banning smoking in public places. The
ordinance will ...
Kick Butts Day, Bourbon County student rally seeking smoking ban
Lexington Herald Leader - March 20, 2013
PARIS Cyndi Steele stood clapping and hollering, encouraging the
students who rallied Wednesday on the courthouse lawn proclaiming their
desire for Bourbon County to go smoke free.
To see a full list
of cities and counties with work place smoking bans as collected ...
But, he said, he thinks banning smoking in the workplace and the Kick
Kentucky.com March 20, 2013
Students from Bourbon County and Paris Independent School Districts
in Paris displayed 13 hearts on the courthouse lawn to represent the
13 heart attacks per year that could be prevented in the county with
a smoke free ordinance. Photos by Charle...
City Looking at Smoking Ban
WSAZ-TV - March 19, 2013
ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WSAZ ) -- A proposed smoking ban in Elkhorn City
is sparking a debate throughout the community. The ban would eliminate
smoking in public areas, including restaurants. Council members say
their desire to make the city safer and healthier is the motivation
behind the ban. "A person should be able to bring their family
into a smoke free environment where you can sit down and enjoy a meal,"
says council member Butch Cure. "The last thing I want to do is
infringe on anybody's rights."
Letter | Kentucky misses chance to go smoke-free
The Courier-Journal - March 17, 2013
We thank the lead sponsors of HB 190 Reps. Susan Westrom (D-Lexington)
and Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) as well as House Speaker
Greg Stumbo, Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and all the
legislators who pledged their support for a comprehensive, statewide
smoke-free law. Despite their steadfast support and three years of education
by public health experts, business leaders, legal experts and constituents,
the Kentucky legislature failed to deliver a win for common sense by
backing HB 190.
campaign tells Kentucky teens to Kick Butts
The Creative Department - March 15, 2013
To spread the word that smoking is whack, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids is celebrating Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 20. According
to a statement released by the organization on Friday, the tobacco industry
spends $8.5 billion on advertising. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
is fighting cigarette ads that make smoking look cool with a marketing
plan of its ...
smoke about the smoking ban
Lexington Herald Leader - March 15, 2013
Property-rights argument illegitimate - Standing up for business owners'
rights is a lot more respectable than standing up for lung cancer and
stillbirths. So the Kentucky Farm Bureau and others wielded the property-rights
argument to defeat a statewide smoke-free law in this legislative session.
It's nothing new, of course, for the Farm Bureau to put the tobacco
industry's interests ahead of Kentuckians' health.
Health Dept. looks at smoking ban
Cincinnati.com - March 15, 2013
The Northern Kentucky Health Department has taken a step toward considering
regulations to prohibit smoking in public places. Board members voted
Wednesday to request information from the Bullitt County Health Department
and review them in committees for consideration and a possible recommendation.
Bullitt County introduced regulations on smoking in public places, which
have yet to be implemented because of legal challenges.
Butts Day encourages smokers to quit
Ashland (KY) Daily Independent - March 15, 2013
ASHLAND National Kick Butts Day is next Wednesday but the Ashland-Boyd
County Health Department will be visiting local schools for the next
two weeks educating students on the dangers of tobacco and encouraging
them to quit. ...
smoking ban just part of Jett's legacy
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - March 13, 2013
As he leaves Bullitt County after four productive but sometimes tumultuous
years as public health director, Swannie Jett has no regrets. That includes
both the countywide smoking ban he championed in a costly legal battle
that defied county elected ...
ban gets 'a good scrubbing' before House Judiciary Committee
Ashland (KY) Daily Independent - Mar 5, 2013
The bill for a statewide smoking ban is favored by three-fifths of Kentucky
adults, but is dead for this session of the General Assembly. However,
its supporters think they made some headway Monday as they laid groundwork
for getting it through the state
cancer with state smoke-free law
Lexington Herald Leader-March 6, 2013
A comprehensive smoke-free law is one of the most effective ways to
lower the cancer risk of an entire population. In addition to future
health benefits, ...
Corps Goes Smoke-Free
SurfKY News-March 6, 2013
Muhlenberg Job Corps Center is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.
Center Director Kenny Brown announced to students and staff early in
ban fails in Kentucky legislature
The Courier-Journal - March 4, 2013
A ban on smoking in Kentucky workplaces, including restaurants and bars,
appears dead in this years legislative session. Monday afternoon
the House Judiciary Committee heard more testimony on House Bill 190,
which would enact a smoking ban statewide, but did not take a vote on
it. With the legislature only in session another week, the bill will
not get another opportunity to be heard.
Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Legislators
weku - March 4, 2013
Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky are once again trying
to persuade a House committee to pass the the [sic] legislation this
session. The House Judiciary Committee is the second committeeafter
House Health and Welfareto hear the smoking ban bill sponsored
by State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat.
ban fires up debate at state capitol
WKYT - March 4, 2013
The debate over the statewide smoking ban continues at the Capitol.
One representative went so far as to say that House Bill 190 was perhaps
the most important piece of legislation to come out of this session.
Today the House Judiciary Committee met to examine that bill further,
and property rights were one of their main concerns.
smoke-free restaurants, other attractions in guide
Bowling Green Daily News - March 2, 2013
People who visit southcentral Kentucky can breathe easier with the help
of the latest edition of the Smoke Free Communities Coalitions
Smoke Free Restaurants and Attractions Guide. We have
sit-down restaurants that are 100 percent smoke-free. Weve added
tourist attractions in the past three or four years, coalition
co-chairwoman Carol Douglas said. We thought it was important,
especially for people who were coming in from another region, another
state or another country. Tourism is so important with Mammoth Cave,
Cave City, the Corvette museum, Beech Bend.
for Statewide Smoking Ban Dies in General Assembly
weku February 28, 2013
As the bill for a statewide smoking ban lies on its deathbed in the
General Assembly, new federal data show Kentucky still has the highest
percentage of smokers (29 percent) of any state, leads the nation in
the share of smoking high school students (24 percent) and spends only
a miniscule portion of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use.
ban bill unlikely to survive
AP - Associated Press - Feb 27, 2013
Legislation that would institute a statewide smoking ban in restaurants
and other public places has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee
for further review on Tuesday, making it unlikely it can pass in this
Looking At Statewide Smoking Ban
WBKO - February 25, 2013
The Kentucky House and Welfare Committee recently passed a bill that
would ban smoking in all public places. It is now up for discussion
in the full House.
ban proposed: if passed would be statewide
UK The Kentucky Kernel - February 19, 2013
Statewide smoking bans have been proposed for Kentucky in the past few
years, but ... Kentucky is one of only 13 states that has no statewide
smoking ban. ... â€Lexington is a better, safer, healthier
and nicer place to live with smoking banned.
president: Smoke-free law would help businesses
The Lane Report - February 19, 2013
â€Passing a smoke-free law would be the very best thing
Kentucky could do to improve our state's poor health rankings. Smoking
is costing employers in lost ...
e-cigs in Ky. smoking ban
for smoking ban continues
Lexington Herald Leader - February 19, 2013
Impact of chemical vapors too risky - Big Tobacco is getting into the
electronic cigarette business, so, of course, some Kentucky politicians
are hopping on the bandwagon. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, has filed an amendment
that would exempt e-cigs from a ... An exemption for e-cigs, which don't
produce smoke but look like they do, ...
smoking ban has little local consensus
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - February 19, 2013
The governments of Christian, Todd and Trigg counties, and most towns
inside their borders, have shown little or no interest in banning smoking
in their public ...
roundup: Pension reform, smoking ban, dropout age, hemp
The Lane Report - February 18, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2013) Thirty-day legislative sessions
have a special rhythm, which contrasts vividly with full-blown 60-day
regular sessions. ...
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 ...
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.
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
Lexington Herald Leader - February 14, 2013
Steve Beshear is continuing his push for a statewide smoking ban in
public places, calling on lawmakers Thursday to pass it without delay.
Beshear took part in ...
Steve Beshear calls for Legislature to act without delay to ban ...
The Republic - February 14, 2013
Steve Beshear continued his push Thursday for a statewide smoking ban
in ... some three dozen cities and counties in Kentucky already have
wide smoking ban rally
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - February 14, 2013
More than 34 percent of Kentucky communities are already smoke free.
The legislation would ban smoking across the state in public places
including offices, ...
passes smoking ban
WTVQ-February 13, 2013
Williamsburg passes smoking ban ... City Council gave final approval
on Monday to an ordinance that bans smoking in most public places, including
Smoking in Williamsburg
Times Tribune of Corbin-February 12, 2013
"There's designated smoking areas (in restaurants) I don't
see why it's .... at a Williamsburg restaurant popular with smokers
disagreed with having the ban in ...
considers smoking ban
Journal-Times-February 13, 2013
In cities such as Ashland, Morehead and Lexington, which have imposed
similar city ordinances against smoking in public places, business owners
can be face ...
debates possible smoking ban
kypost.com - February 9, 2013
Kentucky is one of only 13 states that hasn't banned smoking in public
places. ... pass a measure that would ban smoking in restaurants and
other public spaces.
owners react to smoking ban
The Independent - February 9, 2013
Ashland - Local restaurant owners and managers say they arent
crazy about a proposed statewide smoking ban, and possibly face a reduction
in their bottom line if the measure is adopted.
residents debate proposed smoking ban
FOX19 - February 10, 2013
Twenty-seven communities across Kentucky have already enacted restrictions
on smoking in public places. "I think [the smoking ban] is a good
idea in general ...
panel passes public smoking ban bill
Cincinnati.com (blog) - February 8, 2013
FRANKFORT Smokers in one of the nations top tobacco-producing
states would have fewer places to light up under legislation that appears
to be gaining momentum in the Kentucky Legislature.
ban legislation moves forward in the Kentucky House
WDRB - February 8, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Smokers would have fewer places to light up
under legislation that was approved by the House Health and Welfare
Committee. Governor Steve Beshear says addiction to tobacco is hurting
productivity in Kentucky, jacking up medical costs and killing people.
Says Smoking Ban Close to a House Vote
weku - February 8, 2013
... Welfare Committee has approved a bill that would ban smoking in
enclosed public ... does just that; it is one of 22 Kentucky jurisdictions
with smoking bans.) ...
Governor Wants Public Smoking Ban
NACS Online - February 8, 2013
Governor Beshear says a ban on public smoking would improve the overall
health ... So far, 30 states, along with hundreds of localities, have
banned smoking in ...
Ban Bill Passes In Committee
WTVQ - February 7, 2013
The smoking ban would shut down my livelihood, Glancy said.
It would ... Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl said the ban's purpose isn't
to stop smoking altogether. Instead ...
Smokers Unhappy as Statewide Smoking Ban Looms
WSAZ-TV - February 7, 2013
The proposal comes from a group called Smoke-Free Kentucky, which aims
to restrict smoking in some public places and in all workplaces. Kentucky's
Governor Wants Public Smoking Ban
Reason - February 7, 2013
In tobacco-rich Kentucky, Governor Steve Beshear has called for a ban
on smoking in certain public places, an effort to improve the state's
dismal public health ...
lawmakers considering making state smoke-free
WOWK - February 7, 2013
Gov. Steve Beshear is promoting a statewide smoking ban. He wants to
do away completely with smoking in public places, just as many counties
and municipalities have implemented on their own. He told a joint session
of the House and Senate on Wednesday that addiction to tobacco is hurting
productivity in Kentucky, jacking up medical costs and killing people
smoking ban must overcome opposition despite Gov's endorsement
Cincinnati.com (blog) - February 6, 2013
A statewide smoking ban still must overcome opposition of Republican
leadership despite an endorsement for a ban by Gov. Steve Beshear in
his state of the ...
calls for smoking ban across Kentucky
Bowling Green Daily News - February 6, 2013
Gov. Steve Beshear has promoted a statewide smoking ban in his annual
State of the Commonwealth speech.
Corps Goes Smoke Free in Muhlenberg
SurfKY News-Feb February 5, 2013
no smoking 300 MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (2/5/13) As of January
1, 2013 the Muhlenberg Career Development Center became a smoke free
and tobacco ...
Dept. won't try to impose smoking ban
Cincinnati.com - February 2, 2013
A controversial decision by the Bullitt County Health Department to
prohibit smoking in public places a move upheld by the Kentucky
Court of Appeals in December will apparently have no impact in
Promotes Tobacco-Free Policy With Community Report Line
weku-Jan 23, 2013
The University of Kentucky promotes compliance and enforcement of its
tobacco-free policy through a community report line, among many other
quality study shows vast difference between city, county
The Floyd County Times-by Ralph Davis - January 17, 2013
PRESTONSBURG An air-quality study released Thursday comparing
workplaces in the city, which has a smoking ban, to those in the county,
which does not, shows wide differences between the two. The study, performed
July 12 to Aug. 18 by the University of Kentucky College of Nursings
Clean Indoor Air Partnership, shows that indoor air in county establishments
is on average nearly 13 times dirtier than the air in city businesses,
thanks entirely to the citys 3-year-old smoke ban.
tobacco free means for NKU
NKU The Northerner Online - January 17, 2013
The Board of Regents voted in favor of a tobacco-free policy that will
take effect in 12-18 months, according to President Geoff Mearns.
City Council considers smoking ban; mayor says it ...
The Republic-January 16, 2013
The ordinance lists few exceptions to a ban that would prohibit smokers
from lighting up in all enclosed buildings that are open to the public
or facilities that are ...
poised to pass citywide smoking ban
The News Journal-January 16, 2013
If approved, the smoking ban would technically go into effect that day.
... but that he didn't find the same volume of evidence to back the
banning of e-cigarettes.
for state smoking ban; Public support strong, benefits clear
Lexington Herald Leader - January 15, 2013
An additional 6 percent or so live in places with weaker smoking bans.
... smokers, more than a third voiced support for a statewide smoking
ban, according to ...
Spending $90000 In Ky. On Anti-smoking Ads
LEX18 Lexington KY News-January 11, 2013
FRANKFORT (AP) - While state lawmakers ponder a statewide smoking ban,
a coalition of health care groups is sponsoring an advertising campaign
groups launch ad calling for smoke-free Kentucky
The Courier-Journal (blog) - January 11, 2013
In the past, legislative bills calling for a smoking ban have failed
in the General Assembly, with some opponents saying they would unfairly
appointed to Tobacco Oversight Committee
Portsmouth (OH) Daily Times - January 11, 2013
Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, who represents Greenup, Lewis, Carter,
Bracken, Mason and Robertson counties in Kentucky has been appointed
to the 2013 Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee. Webb,
a key player in the negotiations
Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock
weku - January 10, 2013
Smoke Free Kentucky has started an advertising campaign to raise support
for the ... Many cities across Kentucky have implemented their own smoke
free laws, ...
ad campaign urges Kentucky to go smoke-free
WDRB - January 10, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested
a suspect for trying to kill a man in a barber shop on Clay Street last
month. It began ...
coalition spending more than $90000 on advertising ...
The Republic - January 10, 2013
FRANKFORT, Kentucky While state lawmakers ponder a statewide smoking
ban, a coalition of health care groups is sponsoring an advertising
campaign urging Kentucky to go smoke-free. The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition,
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are
spending $93,000 to contrast Kentucky's top ranking in basketball, horse
racing, smoking and lung cancer.
than cigarettes will be banned at NKU
Cincinnati.com - January 9, 2013
Those will include electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine,
chewing tobacco and snus, small smokeless tobacco packets
tucked into between the lip and gum.
regents move toward tobacco-free policy
Bowling Green Daily News - January 9, 2013
Northern Kentucky University has taken a step toward becoming tobacco-free.
The board of regents voted unanimously Wednesday to direct adoption
of a tobacco-free campus policy. The school said in a news release the
action authorizes university President Geoffrey Mearns to develop policy
details and appoint a task force for the transition and implementation.
The school said the process could take up to 18 months and is expected
to include students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Groups Launch Ad Campaign Calling for Smoke-Free Kentucky
PharmiWeb.com (press release) - January 9, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kentucky needs
a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free law to protect all Kentuckians
from harmful secondhand smoke and reduce smoking's health and economic
toll on the state, according to a newspaper and online advertising campaign
launched this week by a coalition of public health organizations.
Kentucky University could soon go tobacco-free
kypost.com - January 9, 2013
Sixty-nine percent were either in favor of the tobacco-free policy or
had no opposition to the policy. ... The tobacco-free campus would take
a year to implement.
ban's full economic effects debated ($$)
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - January 9, 2013
Given how much Kentuckys budget depends on tobacco taxes, would
a statewide smoking ban deal it a staggering blow? A new poll shows
public support for a smoking ban is inching up every year. Though the
ban likely wont get a vote during this years General Assembly,
state politicians, including those who represent this district, are
confronting those economic questions more directly.
aims to ban tobacco on campus
Cincinnati.com - January 9, 2013
As Northern Kentucky University prepares to take its first steps
toward becoming a tobacco-free campus, the University of Cincinnati
has backed off because of the lack of widespread support. NKUs
governing Board of Regents is expected to vote today on banning tobacco
from the Highland Heights campus.
in poll back statewide smoking ban
Cincinnati.com - January 8, 2013
A Kentucky Health Issues Poll indicates 53 percent of Northern Kentuckians
favor a statewide smoke-free law. The support is even higher across
the commonwealth. Statewide, 59 percent of those interviewed last fall
said they support a statewide ban on smoking in public places.
support for state smoking ban rises
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era - January 8, 2013
Every year, more Kentuckians are saying they support a state law to
ban smoking in indoor public places. Poll results released Monday show
59 percent of those ...
known for its tobacco, but residents favor a ban
CincyBiz Blog, Business Courier January 8, 2013
About 59 percent of Kentuckians favor a statewide law to ban smoking
in all indoor public places, a survey suggests. The survey was jointly
funded by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
Support in KY for Snuffing Out Smoking in Public Places
Public News Service - January 7, 2013
A new poll out today shows that three of every five Kentuckians want
to snuff out smoking in public places across the Commonwealth. Current
smoking bans in Kentucky are a patchwork of local laws, and poll data
released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky show 59 percent support
for a statewide smoke-free law, an increase from previous years.
4 in 10 current smokers support statewide smoke-free law in Kentucky
Law gaining support; 59 percent now approve
The Lane Report - January 7, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2013) Poll data released today by the
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky indicate support for a statewide smoke-free
law now stands at 59 percent, an increase from previous years. The Kentucky
Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found support for the measure increases as
age and income increase. Additionally, support for a smoke-free law
crosses political party affiliation and is strongest among nonsmokers.
Majority of Kentucky adults favor statewide smoking ban, poll says
The Courier-Journal (blog) - January 7, 2013
A just-released poll shows that nearly 60 percent of Kentuckians support
a statewide ban on smoking in public places. The Kentucky Health Issues
hospital to ban smoking in 2013
Associated Press - December 31, 2012
Hospital patients, employees and visitors will be banned from smoking,
using chewing tobacco and puffing on electronic cigarettes at Baptist
Hospital Madisonville and its various campuses around western Kentucky.
ban gives Shepherdsville music barn a boost
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - December 25, 2012
A recent state Court of Appeals decision provides the county health
board the legal authority to impose its countywide smoking ban -- but
not yet. The Kentucky Supreme Court has to weigh in first. ...
NECN - December 16, 2012
Currently, countywide smoking restrictions are in place in 12 of Kentucky's
120 counties. ... cities like Ashland have approved ordinances to restrict
public smoking, ... the 12 counties restricting smoking have done so
by approving ordinances.
Goes Tobacco Free
SurfKY News - December 13, 2012
HOPKINSVILLE, KY (12/13/12) Hopkinsville Community College (HCC)
will join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt
a tobacco-free campus policy, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are
smoke-free colleges and universities in virtually every state. Nationwide,
over 600 colleges and universities have tobacco-free policies. As of
October 2012, the ANRF has 12 Kentucky colleges listed as having smoke
or tobacco-free policies. The ANRFs state-by-state listing can
be found at www.no-smoke.org/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf.
Rules Health Boards Can Pass Smoking Bans
WEKU - December 9, 2012
In Kentucky's first appellate-court ruling on the issue, the state Court
of Appeals today upheld the Bullitt County Board of Health's smoking
ban, which is virtually the same as others enacted by several other
county health boards. However, the panel's 2-1 vote and the strength
of the dissent suggests that the ruling will be appealed to the state
Supreme Court. Health boards in Clark, Hopkins, Madison and Woodford
counties have enacted smoking bans. The Hopkins County ban was upheld
by the local circuit judge, whose ruling was not appealed.
Court: Bullitt Health Department can impose smoking ban
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - December 8, 2012
In a decision that could affect health departments throughout Kentucky,
the state Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday that the Bullitt County
Board of Health can enact a smoking ban without lawmakers support.
Report: Kentucky Ranks 37th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
MarketWatch (press release) December 6, 2012
Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids
from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released
today by a coalition of public health organizations.
school board to vote on smoking ban Monday night
The Courier-Journal - November 27, 2012
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Jefferson County Public Schools
shall become tobacco free, and the use of tobacco products on district
property shall be ...
Rayens, M.K.; York, N.L.; Adkins, S.M.; Kaufman, E.L.; Hahn, E.J.,
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
the air for non-smokers
The Eastern Progress Online (subscription) - November 1, 2012
Smoking wont be completely disappearing from campus, but Student
Government Association (SGA) has plans to get students to follow the
rules in place.
calls for countywide smoking ban
WPSD Local 6 - October 25, 2012
CALDWELL COUNTY, Ky--How far is too far when it comes to protecting
our kids and setting a good example? That's the question leaders in
Caldwell County, ...
County government, health department battle over smoking ban
Can agency act without legislation is legal question
The Courier-Journal - October 24, 2012
In a case that could affect other Kentucky counties, a three-judge
panel of the state Court of Appeals is expected to decide soon if the
Bullitt County department had the right to ban smoking last year in
public places over the objections of Fiscal Court and eight Bullitt
cities, which successfully sued the department last year in Circuit
passes smoking ban ($$)
Opponents show up in force at second reading
Kentucky Era October 19, 2012
Despite a large showing of anti-regulatory opinion, the Hopkinsville
City Council enacted a citywide smoking ban.
passes citywide smoking ban
FOX19 - October 19, 2012
Smoking will be barred citywide in Hopkinsville come January after the
city council passed a ban on lighting up.
WKU Public Radio - October 19, 2012
Smoking will be barred citywide in Hopkinsville come January after the
city council passed a ban on lighting up. The Kentucky New Era reported
that Mayor Dan ...
Lexington's indoor smoking ban, many strip-club patrons are lighting
Lexington Herald Leader - October 15, 2012
Plumes of smoke rose into the air as customers took pulls from cigarettes
and puffed on cigars. Ashtrays were placed on each of the tables next
to tabletop advertisements for the bar's selection of cigars. There
was a No Smoking sign posted near the front of the strip club on New
Circle Road, but few other signs that Lexington has an indoor smoking
passes first reading of smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press (KY) - October 3, 2012
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
UK The Kentucky Kernel September 30, 2012
Even since the inception of the smoking ban on campus in November 2009,
congregations of smokers are still seen around campus. The UK Tobacco-Free
Campus Initiative Task Force hopes to push the campus toward being truly
tobacco-free. To report tobacco use, a student or employee ...
Legends hosts meeting of Smoke-Free Kentucky group
Central Kentucky News - September 26, 2012
Despite what may have been a risky move for JD Legends restaurant and
bowling alley in Nicholasville to ban all smoking inside the building,
owner Wasfi Samaan said business has never been better. I should
have done this years ago, Samaan said. I think everyone
is better for it; I feel better; my employees feel better and are more
productive, and when we come home after a long day, we all dont
smell or feel like we smoked 40 packs of cigarettes.
smoking ban is a working compromise for everyone
Kykernel.com (subscription) - September 26, 2012
Of all the issues buzzing around about campus life, few items seem to
have drawn as much ire as the 2009 campuswide smoking ban. Smokers,
predictably, were outraged. Non-smokers, on the other hand, have more
than once bitterly complained that the ban is a farce, lampooning the
administrations lack of action and effective enforcement of the
Student Government hears about tobacco-free ...
BG News - September 25, 2012
Students may soon see a tobacco-free campus, according to Eric Teske
from Recreation and Wellness. Teske, Michael Ginsburg and Faith Yingling
spoke to Undergraduate Student Government Monday night asking for a
letter of support for a tobacco-free initiative.
Editorial: Smoking ban remains many words and few actions
UK The Kentucky Kernel - September 17, 2012
UK President Eli Capilouto sent out an email on Friday afternoon titled,
Message About UKs Smoke-free Campus. The email said,
I am proud that UK is one of over 500 colleges and universities
that do not allow the use of tobacco products. I am writing to ask that
tobacco users please respect our tobacco-free campus policy.
ban is still at issue in Bullitt
The Courier (KY) - September 12, 2012
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
State-Journal.com - August 24, 2012
Even though the county believes its park smoking ban is the first in
the ... because some who support smoking bans elsewhere see the great
outdoors as a place ...
Boasts First And Only Smoke Free Public Park
WTVQ - August 22, 2012
Frankfort is now home to the 1st and only smoke free public park in
Kentucky. Visitors will see signs posted about this new policy at the
golf course, skate park, ...
Pushing Statewide Smoking Ban Touring State, Including Warren and Pulaski
WKU Public Radio - July 30, 2012
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
Sacramento Bee - July 27, 2012
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 ...
Sacramento Bee - July 26, 2012
Tour Will Rally Public Support for Statewide Smoke-Free Law.
Poll Shows Majority of Kentuckians Favor Statewide Smoking Ban
WFPL - May 7, 2012
by Kenny Colston on May 7, 2012 A new poll by a nonpartisan health organization
suggests a majority of Kentuckians would support a statewide smoking
Most Kentuckians think child obesity is a problem
Lexington Herald Leader - May 1, 2012
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Apr 29, 2012
"That's what we're talking about here _ the right of nonsmokers
to breathe ... Kemp said under current law nonsmokers can choose to
bypass businesses that ...
mayor pushes smoking ban
Lexington Herald Leader - Apr 30, 2012
Kemp told the Kentucky New Era that he will present an ordinance to
the city council next month that would ban indoor smoking at public
later, smoking ordinance debate still smoldering
Bowling Green Daily News - Apr 28, 2012
It has been exactly one year since Bowling Greens smoking ordinance
went into effect, causing restaurants and bars in the city to put up
their ashtrays and smokers at those establishments to put away their
Wilkerson said he thought many businesses were willing
to go smoke-free, but didn't want the city to force them into the policy.
He said he also feels that ...
Dictatorship community wants smoking ban in public places ($$)
Kentucky New Era, 2012-04-26
I realize the mayor asked for support to our council members, but this
is just a voice expressing dismay.
Our Opinion: Make noise to support public ban on smoking ($$)
Kentucky New Era, 2012-04-25
In one month, when Mayor Dan Kemp officially presents to city council
an ordinance that would ban smoking in public indoor places, the council
members should have a clear understanding of the publics preference.
ban proposal ($$)
Economic effect has room for debate
Kentucky New Era, 2012-04-24
Advocates on both sides of the smoking ban debate have plenty of economic
impact studies to support their arguments.
Get behind city smoke-free law ($$)
Kentucky New Era, 2012-04-23
By Dan Kemp -- I read with great interest recent editorials surrounding
serious health issues facing our community. The city continues to be
engaged in various projects aimed at improving community health through
increased exercise opportunities. However, as long as our state ranks
as the eighth least healthy in the nation, there remains much work to
mayor proposes smoking ban ($$)
Princeton (KY) Times-Leader, 2012-04-23
By Nick Tabor -- Hopkinsville is the largest city left in Kentucky that
has not banned smoking in public indoor places, Mayor Dan Kemp said.
Kemp wants to change this. On May 24, he will present a smoking ban
ordinance to the city council.
Advocates Claim Momentum
WTVQ - April 11, 2012
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
Times Tribune of Corbin - Apr 2, 2012
Beginning Sunday, most KCEOC properties will be smoke-free, according
to Brandy Crase, intervention specialist for the community action agency.
Released from Daviess Co., KY Air Quality, Smoking Study
Tristatehomepage.com (KY)- March 27, 2012
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
Tristatehomepage.com - March 27, 2012
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
Lexington Herald Leader - March 19, 2012
...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
Winchester (KY) Sun, March 17, 2012
When the new Clark Regional Medical Center opens March 31, a new tobacco
policy will take effect for the facility and grounds that makes the
entire campus tobacco free.
Panel Approves Statewide Smoking Ban
NACS Online - March 15, 2012
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
WTVQ-TV 36 (Lexington, KY), 2012-03-13
Reported by: Jacqueline Sprague
"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
Richmond (KY) Register - March 14, 2012
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 ...
KyForward.com - March 14, 2012
Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, would ban smoking inside public places,
businesses and other workplaces across Kentucky. Only private residences-except
neede[sic] for smoking ordinance
State-Journal.com (KY)- March 13, 2012
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
Richmond Register - March 9, 2012
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - March 8, 2012
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 ...
smoking ban proposal not brought up in committee
WKYT - March 8, 2012
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
Letter | Health executives urge support for statewide ...
Louisville Courier-Journal - March 6, 2012
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
WFPL - Feb 20, 2012
Kathy Polston-Dalton was born with a heart disease that flares up when
she's around secondhand smoke. She says a statewide smoking ban would
VIEW: Smoking ban won't cause Birmingham to wither away
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog) - Feb 18, 2012
By Letters from our readers I was in Birmingham last weekend and read
the letter in Sunday's newspaper regarding the smoking ban ("City
shouldn't be off ...
ban advocates plan red rally at state capitol
WKYT - February 14, 2012
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
Public News Service - January 30, 2012
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Jan 28, 2012
American Legion Post 23 members voted Wednesday to become a smoke-free
facility on nights the post hosts charitable gaming, joining the other
local veterans ...
of L, UK chiefs agree: Kentucky needs smoke-free law
Louisville Courier-Journal - January 26, 2012
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
WSB Atlanta - January 24, 2012
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
Lexington Herald Leader - January 24, 2012
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
Times Tribune of Corbin (KY)- January 19, 2012
CORBIN I would like to praise Corbin for the decision to ban smoking
within the city limits. This has been a rising issue and I am very pleased
to see ...
could ban indoor smoking in large buildings
FOX19 - January 19, 2012
Susan Westrom will join Smoke-Free Kentucky to roll out legislation
that would establish a comprehensive, statewide, indoor smoke-free law.
inside could be a thing of the past with proposed legislation
WKYT (Kentucky) January 19, 2012
Half of the customers at Sam's are smokers, according to the owner.
A statewide ban could have a big impact on business,"It would probably
slow business ...
post might go smoke-free
Bowling Green (KY) Daily News - January 5, 2012
After winning a court battle over the city's ordinance against smoking,
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 might decide to go smoke-free on
nights when it ... ...
ordinance goes into effect Sunday in Corbin
Corbin (KY) News Journal, 2011-12-28
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
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, 2011-12-26
Dr. Susan G. Zepeda is CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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
KyForward.com - December 22, 2011
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
WBKO TV 13 (Bowling Green, KY), 2011-12-20
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
WNKY.net - December 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
Public News Service - December 20, 2011
A statewide smoke-free law is more than a breath of fresh air, according
to a ... Support for a state smoke-free law was higher among voters
than among the ...
board supports Bullitt County defense of smoking ban
Richmond (KY) Register - December 15, 2011
In mid - September, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress voided the Bullitt
County Health Board's smoking ban less that a week before it took effect.
poll: Kentuckians would favor statewide smoking ban
FOX19 - December 13, 2011
A new poll shows that a majority of Kentucky residents favor a smoking
ban in public places, a law which the Kentucky legislature is ...
cited again for smoking
Bowling Green Daily News (KY) - December 7, 2011
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.
Times Tribune of Corbin (KY) - December 5, 2011
Lighting up a cigarette at Whitley Countys Health Department facilities
will be out of the question come Jan. 1, 2012, when its smoking ban
takes effect. ...
makes push for smoke-free policy
Over 100 public places in Bell County are already "smoke free"
Middlesboro (KY) Daily News, 2011-11-25
ANTHONY CLOUD The Middlesboro Daily News
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
Set to become law in Corbin city limits following advertisement
Corbin (KY) Times-Tribune , 2011-11-29
Becky Killian / Managing Editor
A smoking ban ordinance was unanimously passed Wednesday by Corbin's
ban ordinance passes
Times Tribune of Corbin (KY) - Becky Killian - November 28, 2011
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Justin Story - November 23, 2011
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
WKYT - Sean Moody - November 22, 2011
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.
WKYT-TV CBS 27 (Lexington, KY), 2011-11-10
Reporter: Melissa Etezadi
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
Lexington Herald Leader - October 26, 2011
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
ReadMedia (press release) - October 25, 2011
They report that only 69.1 percent of their workplaces are smoke-free,
compared to the 76.3 percent reported by non-Hispanic whites. ...
| Snuff it out
Louisville Courier-Journal - October 21, 2011
Tom Burch, D-Louisville, introduced a bill to ban smoking in public
places a quarter century ago, the measure was sent to an unfriendly
House agriculture ...
lawmaker to propose statewide smoking ban
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, 2011-10-20
DEBORAH YETTER * The Courier-Journal
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
WFPL (KY) - October 19, 2011
The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has thrown his support
behind a proposed statewide smoking ban in the workplace. ...
helps fund Bullitt smoking ban appeal
Winchester (KY) Sun, 2011-09-30, Rachel Parsons
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
WFPL 89.3 (Louisville, KY) , September 29, 2011, Devin Katayama
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
Bizjournals.com (blog) - September 27, 2011
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
Louisville Morning Call, Business First, September 16, 2011
A Bullitt Circuit judge has ruled against the proposed smoking
ban in Bullitt County. WAVE-TV reports that Judge Rodney Burress ordered
the ban void and unlawful and said the Bullitt County Health
strikes down Bullitt County smoking ban
Houston Chronicle - September 16, 2011
(AP) - A judge has struck down a smoking ban four days before it went
into effect, saying county health officials overstepped their authority
in passing ...
strikes down Bullitt smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - September 16, 2011
Attorney John Spainhour (standing) was one of five attorneys who argued
against the smoking ban on Aug. 25. Others from left to right are Mark
word yet on legality of Bullitt County smoking ban
WDRB - September 12, 2011
(WDRB) -- Just seven days before the start of a smoking ban in Bullitt
County, and there is still no word on whether it's legal. "Now
they're telling us we ...
County Waits For Smoking Ban Response
WFPL (KY) September 3, 2011
19, when the ban is scheduled to take effect. The Bullitt County Health
Department passed a smoking ban that puts restrictions on where people
hears case on Bullitt County smoking ban
WAVE - August 25, 2011
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Bullitt County judge is weighing a decision
on a proposed county-wide smoking ban. Thursday afternoon, Circuit Judge
County Smoking Ban Under Fire
WLKY Louisville - Andy Alcock - August 25, 2011
An effort to douse smoking in public places in Bullitt County is under
fire. The Bullitt County Board of Health voted to enact a regulation
banning smoking. ...
begin in lawsuit challenging Bullitt smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - August 25, 2011
Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress heard Thursday from both sides
involved in a lawsuit seeking to block a countywide smoking ban that's
slated to take ...
judge examines smoking ban
WDRB - August 25, 2011
That's the question before a Bullitt County judge today, just three
weeks before the start of a new smoking ban. Joe Wantland, Shepherdsville
City Attorney, ...
ban in Bullitt County heads to court
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - August 25, 2011
(WHAS11)-The battle over a new smoking ban in Bullitt County heads to
court Thursday. Beginning at 9 am the Fiscal Court will hear arguments
into whether it ...
Ban Raising Questions
WBKO - Casey Wheeless - August 16, 2011
The smoking ban was set in place to make Bowling Green's air more clear,
but some think the ordinance is a little cloudy. The smoking ordinance
right now, ...
Commission hopefuls want to alter smoking ban
However, Western Kentucky University student running for mayor fully
supports the Bowling Green ordinance
Bowling Green (KY) Daily News, 2011-08-11
ANDREW ROBINSON, The Daily News
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
Bowling Green Daily News (KY) - Justin Story -August 2, 2011
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Justin Story - July 19, 2011
Private organizations are exempt from the ordinance, which bans smoking
in most businesses, and Simpson has claimed that, because Post 23 is
exempt from federal income taxes, maintains a selective membership that
operates the post, ...
prepares to adopt smoke free policy
Ledger Independent - July 12, 2011
FLEMINGSBURG -- More than 20 cities and counties in Kentucky have passed
bans on smoking in public places and one more may soon be added to that
list. Flemingsburg Mayor Marty Voiers and city council are considering
a municipal order prohibiting the ...
buying fewer cigarettes
Associated Press (AP), 2011-07-01
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
Chillicothe Gazette - Jeff McKinney - June 27, 2011
IBACC board member Kevin Gordon said more than 100 Campbell County businesses
- smoking and non-smoking establishments - were contacted to sign a
petition opposing the smoking ban. During that process, he said, the
businesses expressed an interest in ...
On Bowling Green TODAY 6/10/2011
WNKY.net - June 10, 2011
American Legion Post 23 goes to court to fight a citation issued against
them for violating the city's no-smoking ordinance. An appeal that was
filed last week seeks to reverse the decision of the Bowling Green Code
Enforcement Board to uphold the ...
County's ban on e-cigarettes, hookahs begins next Monday
Lexington Herald-Leader, May 31, 2011
Beginning Monday, June 6, Madison County will enforce an amended smoking
ban that includes electronic cigarettes. The Madison County Board of
Health voted in April to include e-cigarettes and hookahs (water pipes)
in its indoor smoking restrict
file an appeal to smoking ban
Bowling Green Daily News - Justin Story - May 2, 2011
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
WBKO, Apr 30, 2011
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
WNKY.net - April 29, 2011
Two local veteran's organizations lost their fight against the smoking
ban in court this week. American Legion Post 23 and VFW Post 1298 each
sought exemption from the ordinance but were denied. The smoking ban
went into effect yesterday.
Green Smoking Ban Now In Effect
WBKO - Andrew Dawson - April 28, 2011
After all the debate before and even after the smoking ban was passed,
it's now finally here. Something some businesses and citizens will have
to learn to adjust to. Charles Painter admits he used to like the taste
of a rolled up cuban cigar. ...
One Restaurant, Smoking Ban No Big Deal
WBKO - Andrew Dawson - April 28, 2011
Owner Felicia Durbin says initially customers were concerned with the
move but the restaurant has been just fine since switching to no smoking.
"We've had nothing but good from it. The customers that are big
time smokers they just step outside and they ...
bar owners in Kenton Co. have mixed reaction to smoking ban
FOX19 - Kimberly Holmes - April 27, 2011
It's been nearly two weeks since the smoking ban in Kenton County took
effect, but the complaints are already rolling in. A spokesperson for
the Northern Kentucky Health Department reports the agency has received
WBKO - April 25, 2011
(AP) -- Two veterans groups are asking a judge to exempt them from a
smoking ban set to go into effect in Bowling Green on Thursday. A hearing
is scheduled for Wednesday on the challenge by the American Legion Post
23 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post ...
On Bowling Green TODAY 4/22/2011
WNKY.net - April 22, 2011
The American Legion Post 23 and VFW Post 1298 are going to court to
seek exemptions from the city's impending smoking ban. The smoking ban
passed the City Commission in a 3-2 vote earlier this year and is scheduled
to go into effect next Thursday. ...
Files Lawsuit Against Bowling Green Smoking Ban
American Banking News - April 20, 2011
Attorney Files Lawsuit Against Bowling Green Smoking Ban
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ban to begin in Kenton Co.
Lexington Herald-Leader, April 14, 2011
Kenton County will be the first northern Kentucky county to ban smoking
in most public places when a new ordinance takes effect on Friday.
ban repeal not stopping local businesses from going smoke-free
Cincinnati Enquirer Blogs, 2011-04-08
Amanda Joering Alley and Chris Mayhew
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Justin Story - April 7, 2011
A Bowling Green auto repairman who is challenging the city's smoking
ban in court on constitutional grounds was told by a judge Wednesday
to elaborate on his allegations. ...
lawsuit filed to stop Bullitt smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - Sara Cunningham - April 7, 2011
Bullitt County's smoking ban isn't scheduled to go into effect until
September but it's already facing another legal challenge. Attorneys
for the group Bullitt County Choice and several businesses that are
against the measure filed a federal lawsuit ...
County health board bans electronic cigarettes
Lexington Herald-Leader, April 7, 2011
The Madison County Board of Health voted 8-1 Wednesday night to include
electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, in its indoor-smoking
restrictions. The restrictions have been in effect since 2007. The amended
regulation will take ef...
Catharine College to go smoke-free
Lexington Herald-Leader, April 7, 2011
The campus of Saint Catharine College in Washington County will go smoke-free
on July 1. The private, liberal-arts college near Springfield has been
working on a tobacco-free policy and implementation plan for more than
a year. ...
asks for smoking changes
Simpson seeking exemptions for more businesses or repeal
Bowling Green (KY) Daily News, 2011-04-06
ANDREW ROBINSON, The Daily News
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
kypost.com - Pj O'Keefe - April 5, 2011
"Even though the smoking ban was repealed, we have decided to listen
to our guests and what they want," Buckhead Mountain Grill General
Manager Angela Jimenez said. "The numbers were staggering in the
data we collected and we believe it to be in the ...
Ban About To Go Into Effect in Kenton County
WKRC TV Cincinnati - April 4, 2011
The ban was passed December after a compromise - which allows smoking
in bars. Many thought the newly- elected county commissioners would
repeal the ban - like their counterparts did in Campbell County. But
that didn't happen and as Local 12's Joe Webb ...
Smoking Ban Lawsuit
WBKO - Andrew Dawson - April 4, 2011
The city wide smoking ban in Bowling Green doesn't take effect until
April 28th but it could be challenged, in a courtroom. Back in January
the smoking ban was the talk of the town. It passed by a vote of three
to two. Commissioners Brian 'Slim' Nash ...
award a dubious distinction
Kentucky Enquirer (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2011-04-01
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
WAVE 3 TV (Louisville, KY), 2011-03-28
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - March 28, 2011
The elected officials fighting Bullitt County's recently approved smoking
ban will have to wait until at least August for a court judgment
roughly a month before the measure is set to go into effect. ...
supports decision on smoking ban
Bowling Green Daily News - Andrew Robinson - Mar 20, 2011
Hill, an instructor at Western Kentucky University, told the Daily News
last week that she has no interest in repealing the smoking ordinance
that passed in January. The ordinance, banning smoking at most indoor
businesses in the city, will take effect ...
County magistrates listen to residents' opinion on proposed smoking
Jessamine Journal (Nicholasville, KY), 2011-03-16
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
Louisville Courier-Journal (blog) - Emily Hagedorn - March 16, 2011
Bullitt Fiscal Court and several city councils have come out against
a proposed smoking ban and plan to ask Bullitt Circuit Court to determine
whether the Board of Health has the authority to pass such a measure.
Meanwhile, members of Bullitt County ...
ordinance for Jessamine debated
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2011-03-08
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, March 5, 2011
NICHOLASVILLE The indoor air pollution in a sampling of Jessamine
County's public places was 7.4 times higher than in Lexington, where
a smoke-free ordinance has been in effect since 2004, according to a
study conducted by the Univer...
Co. Commissioners Consider Alternatives To Smoking Ban
WLWT Cincinnati - February 23, 2011
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
WYMT - Sean Moody - February 21, 2011
"I moved out of Lexington for the exact same reason - because they
wouldn't let you smoke anywhere. We have no rights whatsoever anymore."
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
Lexington Herald Leader - Greg Kocher - Feb 20, 2011
NICHOLASVILLE After two years of off-and-on discussion, elected
officials in Nicholasville, Wilmore and Jessamine County are moving
closer to votes on smoking bans later this year. ...
repeals indoor smoking ban
Cincinnati.com (blog) - February 17, 2011
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
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
WKRC TV Cincinnati - February 16, 2011
The Campbell County Fiscal Court plans a vote tonight that could overturn
a smoking ban. The ban would forbid smoking in bars, restaurants, and
business. It was to go into effect on April 15th. The Fiscal Court voted
for the ban in December but two ...
Co. smoking ban may be short lived
Commissioners vote Wednesday on a repeal
Kentucky Post, 2011-02-15
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
Northern Kentucky Medical Society , St. Elizabeth Healthcare state
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2011-02-15
Written by Mike Rutledge
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 ...
75 percent of Bullitt Countians favor smoking ban
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
long road to Louisville's smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - February 11, 2011
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
WAVE - Katharine Greene - February 9, 2011
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Laura Ungar - January 31, 2011
Kentucky has the nation's highest adult smoking rate, and Louisville
and Lexington and more than 20 other Kentucky communities
already have smoking bans ...
Green is Smoke-Free in 90 Days
WBKO TV 13 (Bowling Green, KY), 2011-01-25
It's official! Bowling Green is becoming a Smoke-Free
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
In a three-to-two vote, the Smoking Ban in Bowling Green, passes its
second reading. ...
city close to banning indoor smoking
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 23, 2011
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 Bowling Green Daily News reported that first reading passed 3-2.
Commissioners Bruce Wilkerson and Joe Denning voted no ...
candidates spar over smoking ban
Lexington Herald Leader - Jack Brammer - January 21, 2011
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 19, 2011
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. Bowling Green City Commissioners
have taken a preliminary vote to ban smoking in the south-central Kentucky
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 17, 2011
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Andrew Robinson - Jan 17, 2011
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
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
WBKO - Andrew Dawson - January 17, 2011
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
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 12, 2011
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 12, 2011
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - January 12, 2011
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
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - January 12, 2011
The Bullitt County Board of Health seems to be moving forward with plans
to implement a smoking ban in bars and restaurants. Some Shepherdsville
Times Tribune of Corbin - Becky Killian - January 10, 2011
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
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, 2011-01-08
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
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 7, 2011
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
Poll shows strong support as Smoke-Free Kentucky Campaign launches
PR Newswire (press release) - January 6, 2011
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - January 6, 2011
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
Bill will be introduced today
Louisville Courier-Journal, January 6, 2011
By Laura Ungar - email@example.com
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
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
Kentucky Post, 2011-01-06
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
County passes compromise indoor smoking ban
Lexington Herald-Leader, December 22, 2010
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
Kentucky Enquirer (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2010-12-03
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
Attorney Steve Megerle, the former Covington city commissioner, filed
the lawsuit on behalf of Cline's on the River, the League of Kentucky
Property Owners, the company that owns Southern Lanes bowling alley,
and Northern Kentucky Choice, an ad-hoc group opposed to the proposed
Ky. city votes against smoking ban proposal
Lexington Herald-Leader, Dec 3, 2010
FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- Another city in northern Kentucky
has passed a resolution to oppose a proposed smoking ban in Kenton and
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
Examiner.com - December 1, 2010
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.
Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov 30, 2010
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, Tuesday Nov 23, 2010
INDEPENDENCE, Ky. -- A county legislative vote on a proposed
smoking ban in northern Kentucky has been delayed because of inadequate
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
is now for a smoke ban
Cincinnati.com - Mark Hayden - November 19, 2010
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - November 18, 2010
NEWPORT Campbell County Fiscal Court heard Wednesday from more
than 50 advocates and opponents of a proposed countywide ban on smoking
opposes county smoking ban
Lexington Herald-Leader, Wednesday Nov 17, 2010
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
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
WLWT Cincinnati - November 16, 2010
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 ...
urge Campbell Co. to reconsider smoking ban
Cincinnati.com (blog) - November 16, 2010
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - November 10, 2010
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
Times Tribune of Corbin - Becky Killian - November 10, 2010
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
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov 8, 2010
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - November 4, 2010
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Melissa Poore - November 3, 2010
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
Appalachian News-Express - Chris Anderson - October 29, 2010
Answering concerns from both the public and city commissioners, an amendment
to Pikevilles smoking regulations was rescinded this week in favor
of a less-strict regulation.
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - William Altman - October 27, 2010
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
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - October 20, 2010
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - October 12, 2010
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
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
Appalachian News-Express - Chris Anderson - October 12, 2010
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Martha Elson - October 12, 2010
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
Pyles, M.K.; Hahn, E.J.
Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], September 24, 2010.
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
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, 2010-09-29
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 (press release) - September 24, 2010
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
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - September 21, 2010
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
Cincinnati.com - Amanda Van Benschoten - September 19, 2010
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
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
Cincinnati.com, September 16, 2010
EDGEWOOD - A proposed indoor smoking ban in Campbell and Kenton counties
took a major step forward Wednesday night.
By a vote of 15 to 6, the Northern Kentucky Health Department's District
Board of Health voted to enforce the ban, if the counties approve it.
Campbell Judge-executive Steve Pendery, who sits on the health board
and voted for the enforcement, said the vote allows the two counties
to move forward on finalizing a draft ordinance of the ban. ...
set for smoking-ban plan
Louisville Courier-Journal - Emily Hagedorn - September 15, 2010
The Bullitt County Health Department has scheduled four
forums to discuss a possible smoking ban in Bullitt and a recent air-quality
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
6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Mount Washington Annex Building, 186 Branham
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
14WFIE.com - Jasmin Embers - September 8, 2010
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - Mike Rutledge - August 24, 2010
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
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
Fox 41 WDRB-TV (Louisville, KY), 2010-08-20
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - August 17, 2010
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.
very, very close. There are just a few other details were working
Knochelmann did not say whether Campbell County Fiscal Court also plans
to vote on the ban soon. ...
ban dramatically improves indoor air quality
Richmond (KY) Register, 2010-08-08
Bill Robinson Senior News Writer
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,
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
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2010-08-06
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
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2010-08-04
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
Cincinnati.com - Mark Hansel - July 30, 2010
Boone County has withdrawn from discussion of a smoking
ban in public places that would have spanned all three Northern Kentucky
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?
kypost.com - Adam Marshall - July 30, 2010
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
ban wording close to vest
Ky. officials secretive on smoking issue
Kentucky Enquirer (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2010-07-20
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
WBKO - Jason Hibbs - June 22, 2010
..."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
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
"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
Jessamine Journal (Nicholasville, KY), 2010-06-16
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
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - June 8, 2010
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, Sunday May 23, 2010
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
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - May 20, 2010
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
WYMT - May 12, 2010
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, Tuesday May 11, 2010
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
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
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - May 10, 2010
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
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
Cincinnati.com (blog) - Amanda Van Benschoten - April 19, 2010
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
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
14WFIE.com - Jasmin Embers - April 13, 2010
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, Tuesday Mar 23, 2010
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
Bowling Green Daily News - Robyn L. Minor - Mar 18, 2010
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
WBKO - Daniel Kemp - March 9, 2010
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
It's an issue that's become a matter of health for some and a right
"I feel very strongly about this issue," said Janet Sadler,
a restaurant owner in Glasgow. ...
Council to Vote This Week on Smoking Ban
WFPL - Stephanie Crosby - March 8, 2010
The Bardstown City Council votes this week on a second
reading of a smoking ban that would apply to all public buildings and
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
News Enterprise - John Friedlein - January 31, 2010
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
Danville Advocate-Messenger, 2010-01-12
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
Kentucky Enquirer (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2009-12-22
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
WCPO (Cincinnati, OH), 2009-12-22
Kenton County is voting on banning smoking in all of its county buildings
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
WAVE - December 17, 2009
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
Cadiz Record - December 9, 2009
... the ordinance itself remains virtually unchanged, save for the removal
of the ban on smoking in any establishment that serves alcohol. ...
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - December 7, 2009
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
Murray (KY) Ledger & Times, 2009-11-25
HAWKINS TEAGUE Staff Writer
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
WBKO TV 13 (Bowling Green, KY), 2009-11-20
To help kick the habit of smoking, Glasgow residents are hoping to
resurrect a previous ordinance that would ban smoking in all public
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
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - November 19, 2009
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
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - Amy Stallings - November 19, 2009
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
WCPO (Cincinnati, OH), 2009-11-12
This Thursday night, in a very close vote, one Northern Kentucky city
council says it supports an indoor smoking ban inside public buildings.
If this ban passes at the county level, many restaurants in the Crestview
Hills Town Center will be affected.
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
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2009-11-11
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
Middlesboro (KY) Daily News, 2009-11-06
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
Council members Rob Lincks and Gary Mills also voiced their opposition
to a ban.
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,
grounds go tobacco free Nov. 19
Frankfort (KY) State Journal, 2009-11-05
Frankfort Regional Medical Center is going tobacco free - outdoors
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
If you want to smoke in Prestonsburg, you'll have to do it outside
or at home.
WKYT-TV CBS 27 (Lexington, KY), 2009-11-02
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
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,"
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky.com - Beverly Fortune - October 28,
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
Kentucky.com - October 21, 2009
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
Richmond Register, 2009-09-25
Tim Mandell Register News Writer
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
"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
The release suggested that areas that ban smoking in public venues
greatly reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
smoke risks underestimated, survey finds
Louisville Courier-Journal - Laura Ungar - September 17, 2009
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
Kentucky Enquirer (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2009-09-11
Crestview Hills Councilman Dave Kramer says he wants to see that city
study a possible indoor smoking ban for public places, including restaurants
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
"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
Smoking Ban Goes into Effect
WBKO TV 13 (Bowling Green, KY), 2009-09-07
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
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - September 4, 2009
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
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - August 26, 2009
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
JEFFREY McMURRAY (Associated Press Writer)
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
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2009-08-11
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
WYMT - August 11, 2009
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
Murray (KY) Ledger & Times, 2009-08-04
HAWKINS TEAGUE Staff Writer
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
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2009-08-04
Advocates of indoor-smoking bans are beginning to make inroads in south-central
Kentucky, where efforts to pass such ordinances had gone begging until
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
Times Tribune of Corbin - Carl Keith Greene - August 4, 2009
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
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - July 29, 2009
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
WSAZ-TV - July 28, 2009
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.
Bingo became a big issue at the city council meeting. Paul Edwards with
the Prestonsburg VFW says fewer people will play bingo if smoking is
eliminated, and less money will go to the VFW and other organizations
that rely on bingo dollars. ...
Radcliff forum set for Tuesday
News Enterprise - Marty Finley - July 27, 2009
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
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
kypost.com - July 9, 2009
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
Times Tribune of Corbin - July 9, 2009
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
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
Times Tribune of Corbin - July 9, 2009
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 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
Times Tribune of Corbin - Carl Keith Greene - July 7, 2009
London City Council members on Monday began the process
for a smoking ban and heard a plea for annexation by residents of a
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
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 (Huntington, WV), 2009-06-23
Officials in Prestonsburg are working on an ordinance that would ban
smoking in all public buildings, but some are worried that would hurt
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." ...
ResearchChannel , 2009-05-27
Produced by: University of Kentucky 04/01/2009
Description: Ellen Hahn, professor in the College of Nursing at the
University of Kentucky, and her team are conducting tobacco policy research
thats truly having an impact. Hahns efforts resulted in
the passage of a smoke-free ordinance in all public buildings within
Lexington, Kentucky, one of the first cities to do so. Learn about the
importance of such policies and the effects they have on the community.
. . .
Runtime:00:28:30 . . .
This program will air on ResearchChannel at the following times (GMT-08:00)
* Wednesday, May 27 1:30 p.m. PT 7:30 p.m. PT
* Thursday, May 28 4:30 a.m. PT 10:30 a.m. PT 4:30 p.m. PT 10:30 p.m.
adult smoking rate drops
State no longer leads the nation
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, 2009-05-14
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
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.
"It's very exciting," she said. "I do hope we continue
to see a downward trend."
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.
Lawmakers this year raised Kentucky's cigarette tax to 60 cents ...
trend bypasses Northern Kentucky
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2009-03-30
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
Kentucky.com - March 23, 2009
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
Louisville Courier-Journal February 10, 2009
The University of Kentucky plans to ban smoking on all campus property,
including outdoor areas, on Nov. 19, university officials announced
The ban means UK will join Campbellsville University as the only Kentucky
campuses to impose a complete smoking ban, according to the American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
Companies Get Incentive To Go Smoke-Free
kypost.com, KY - February 3, 2009
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
14 WFIE (Evansville, IN), 2009-01-20
The tough smoking ban in Hopkins County could be changing, and soon.
A no smoking ban has been in place in Hopkins County now for months,
but the Hopkins County Court has proposed a new regulation that will
be less restrictive.
"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.
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
Lexington Herald-Leader, January 14, 2009
A smoke-free Kentucky? Sounds great, doesn't it?
Until you realize that any statewide smoking ban enacted this year would
probably leave Kentucky with weaker protections against secondhand smoke
in the long-run.
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
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY - January 13, 2009
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
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2008-11-07
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.
"It represents what the people in our community want," Stevens
The changes close loopholes that exempted some workplaces and private
organizations and extend the ban to all public transportation and transportation
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
Kentucky.com, KY, November 7, 2008
By Steve Lannen - firstname.lastname@example.org The vote was 6-2 in favor
of the ban. It will go into effect on Jan. 12, 2009, and prohibit smoking
indoors at ...
sides agree to put smoking ban on hold
WFIE-TV, IN, October 22, 2008
HOPKINS CO, KY (WFIE) - The Hopkins County Board of Health and Kentucky
Freedom Coalition have come to an agreement on the smoking ban.
business not hurt by smoke ban
Kentucky.com, October 21, 2008
By Sarah Vos, Lexington's year-old smoking ban hasn't affected business
in the city's bars and restaurants, according to a University of Kentucky
study that will be released today.
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
By Sarah Vos
Lexington Herald-Leader, August 14, 2008
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.
studies have shown that second-hand smoke can trigger asthma attacks.
All-for-one smoking ban flawed
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2008-07-26
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."
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
ban brings dramatic improvement in air, study says: Toxins in air down 97%, study
By Dan Klepal
February 18, 2008
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
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
Dan Klepal, Louisville Courier-Journal, January 11, 2008
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
By Dan Klepal,
The Courier-Journal, November 7, 2007
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
by Dan Klepal, Louisville Courier-Journal,
November 5, 2007
A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has
struck down the exemption in Louisvilles smoking ban for Churchill Downs.
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
Ledger Independent -
A recent survey of 400 registered voters in Mason County
indicates the majority of those surveyed would support a ban on smoking in establishments
such as restaurants and bars
According to information from the organization
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which was provided by the Smoke-free Partnerships,
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Smoking ban hasn't hurt business
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, 2007-02-12
Jim Warren HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER
Lexington's public smoking ban has
not economically harmed the city's restaurants and bars, a new University of Kentucky
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
Mayor Wants Smoking Ban
April 22, 2005
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.