Smoking ban re-introduced in Ky. legislature

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Supporters of the bill say they hope the 4th time is the charm in getting a comprehensive smoke-free law passed for the state of Kentucky. On Wednesday lawmakers from both parties came together and said bills will be introduced in the House and Senate.

Supporters say they want Kentuckians to be protected from second hand smoke. It would not outlaw smoking, but it would require anyone in a public or work place to step outside to light up. Representative Susan Westrom says a smoke free law is a way to solve serious health problems saying smoking is a known cause of premature death and non smokers. And she says support for such a law is growing.

"And it has been absolutely rabid this year. When you think that the popularity went from 59% to 65% this year.," Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, said of the support.

And the bill does have the support of the governor who announced in his state of the commonwealth address that it is time for Kentucky to have a smoke free law.

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