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WAVE 3 NEWS | KEN SELVAGGI | JANUARY 15, 2015

Roughly one of every four adult Kentuckians smoke.

Not surprisingly, Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer deaths and is home to among the highest rates of heart disease, strokes and diabetes, all impacted by smoking.

Kentucky’s lawmakers are reluctant to raise taxes on cigarettes.

Less than one percent of the cigarette tax money and money from the tobacco settlement earmarked to help people quit, is actually spent on helping people quit.

Roughly 1,000 Kentuckians die each year from exposure to someone else’s cigarette smoke, and that is with several communities, including Louisville and Lexington, with smoke-free laws in public places.

Half of the states in our country have smoke free laws in public places, including Indiana.

Kentucky should adopt a state-wide ban on smoking indoors in public places this year.

This is one bill that should have bipartisan support.

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