Governor continues push for statewide smoking ban

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. 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 a Capitol rally in support of legislation intended to protect Kentuckians from secondhand smoke.

The bill is hotly debated in Kentucky, one of the nation's top tobacco-producing states.

The House Health and Welfare Committee voted last week to approve the measure, which is now awaiting a vote on the House floor.

The governor said the 25 percent of Kentuckians who smoke still could light up if the measure passes, just not in places where they would expose others to their smoke.

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