A new poll by a nonpartisan health organization suggests a majority of Kentuckians would support a statewide smoking ban. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. And its 2011 poll, taken last fall and released this week, shows that 54 percent of Kentuckians would approve an indoor statewide […]
A proposal for a Kentucky statewide smoking ban has cleared its first hurdle. The House Health and Welfare committee passed the bill today. The bill was expected to pass easily, but a few Republicans did vote against the measure because of concern for individual property rights. Lexington doctor Sylvia Cerel-Suhl supports the ban. She says […]
After being delayed twice, a House committee is prepared to finally vote on a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky. The House Health and Welfare committee has been plagued by absences. Without a quorum, it could not vote on the smoking ban bill. But Chairman Tom Burch says he’ll get his […]
A proposed statewide smoking ban is now in the hands of the Indiana Senate, where a committee hearing is expected soon. The House-passed measure would prohibit smoking in most public spaces, with exemptions for casinos and retail tobacco stores. Bars and taverns would have 18 months to go smoke free. The bill in its current […]
Indiana state lawmakers return to the Statehouse today for the second half of the General Assembly. The legislature has been in recess since Wednesday because of Super Bowl-related festivities in downtown Indianapolis. Now that the most divisive issue of the session, a “right-to-work” bill, has been passed and signed into law, legislators will turn their […]
Kentucky has once again received a bad grade for lung health from the American Lung Association. “Kentucky received all F’s, again,” says Barry Gottschalk of the ALA’s Kentucky chapter. “We continue to allow our history to impede our future when it comes to tobacco control. We continue to underfund cessation solutions. We continue to underfund […]
“The governor (Republican Mitch Daniels) said he would sign the bill but he would sign the bill even if we strengthen it, too. So we know that we have his support. And we just would like the see the strongest we can get passed,” said Amanda Estridge of the American Cancer Society. Opponents of a comprehensive ban say it would drive patrons away from casinos, bars and clubs.
Alice Curry of Columbus urged the Senate Public Policy Committee to remove the exemptions to protect workers from second-hand smoke. Curry is battling lung cancer. She never smoked but suspects her illness was caused by years of exposure to smoke in the workplace. Bar owners and the casino industry say a comprehensive ban would hurt business. Long term care facility operators want their residents to be able to smoke in designated areas.
Leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate say they will give the bill a committee hearing. Previous bans have stalled in the chamber after winning House approval.