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Lexington officials mark smoke-free anniversary

Lexington-Fayette County was the first local government in Kentucky to pass a smoke-free ordinance, and officials this week are marking the 10th anniversary of its passage.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington-Fayette County was the first local government in Kentucky to pass a smoke-free ordinance, and officials this week are marking the 10th anniversary of its passage.

The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy sponsored a celebration Monday with speakers including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, UK nursing professor and center director Ellen Hahn and local and state officials.

The center said Lexington's ordinance, which was amended in 2008, is a 100 percent smoke-free law covering all public buildings and work places, including facilities and vehicle owned or operated by Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Government.

In a statement, the center said 38 Kentucky communities have enacted smoke free ordinances or Board of Health regulations. Those measures cover 34.2 percent of Kentuckians, compared with 49 percent nationwide.

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