Our Opinion: Legislators Need Public Push to OK Smoke Ban

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KENTUCKY NEW ERA | OP-ED | JANUARY 6, 2015

As state lawmakers returned to Frankfort this week for organizational meetings leading up to the 2015 session, a health advocacy group released new poll results that show two-thirds of Kentuckians support a statewide ban on smoking in public places.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky said 66 percent of adults favored legislation to prohibit smoking in most public places, including stores, restaurants and offices. The Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati conducted the poll for the foundation and Interact for Health between Oct. 8 and Nov. 6. A year earlier, an identical poll showed 65 percent of Kentuckians favored a statewide smoking ban.

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