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Poll: Support in KY for Snuffing Out Smoking in Public Places

PHOTO: A new poll shows support is rising in Kentucky for a statewide law to snuff out smoking in public places.
PHOTO: A new poll shows support is rising in Kentucky for a statewide law to snuff out smoking in public places.
January 7, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - 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.

Foundation President Dr. Susan Zepada says support crosses political and ethnic lines.

"I think more and more people are realizing that a smoke-free law protects workers who have no choice as to whether they're breathing the secondhand smoke of patrons of the establishment where they work."

Support for a smoking ban is up 12 percent from just two years ago.

While nonsmokers and those who have quit show solid support for the idea - at 75 and 68 percent respectively - barely a third of those who currently smoke favor a ban on lighting up in public places (37 percent). But Zepada says it's a public health issue that she believes deserves a comprehensive statewide law.

"Well, the health impacts of smoking are very clear: Kentucky cancer rates, heart disease rates are higher than the nation's."

The poll finds that African Americans support the law at higher percentages than whites, 71 percent to 57 percent. And while majorities of Republicans and Democrats like the idea, that isn't the case with voters who identify themselves as Independents. (Republicans 64 percent, Democrats 59 percent, Independents 44 percent).

Find a link to the poll at

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY