Smoking Ban Surveys Show Mixed Feelings

The results are in from a survey of a proposed smoking ban in one southern Kentucky town.

Hundreds of people were polled in Corbin restaurants about whether they support a ban or don't. Nearly 500 people filled out the surveys.

More than 200 respondents, all of them non-smokers, favored a ban.

158 smokers were against the ban, but 25 smokers said they were for it. Community Coalition officials there were 100 other surveys returned but they question the validity of those.

“We have 100 people that marked, "no," that they're non smokers, but they're opposed to the ban,” said Leah Norvell with the Corbin Community Coalition.

Officials say another sign that a smoking ban is needed were the results from an air quality tests that compared the air in restaurants in Lexington to those in Corbin.

“(It showed)that the levels in Laurel and Whitley counties were definitely dangerous levels for second hand smoke to their employees,” said Norvell.

Smokers say they believe the local government should stay out of the smoking issue.

“I just think if they ban smoking, in any way, it's against my rights,“ said smoker Jim Stewart.


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  • by Keanna Location: Des Moines on Jan 24, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    I believe if you want to smoke a cigarette nobody should butt in its your decsion. I dont care what the govern. believes we all have one life so who are you to tell anybody how to live it. Whats the point of being an American if we cant smoke a cigarette by our choice!!
  • by LORI Location: Lexington on Jan 19, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    let me get this straight. Smokers think that they can just blow smoke wherever they want?? How fair is that? I am pregnant and I personally don't want my baby infected by their smoke. It's disgusted and it stinks. There is nothing wrong with going outside.. no one is telling them that they can't smoke at all!
  • by Virginia Location: London on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    No, I don't smoke. But I don't think it's right to make smokers go outside to smoke, either. Why can't the NON-SMOKERS go outside? The air is better quality there, anyway, isn't it? And for your information, I know several people who died from lung cancer. Never smoked a day in their lives nor were they around any smokers. Funny, huh? I think the smoking/cancer link has NEVER been determined by ANY scientific fact, but is only a SUPPOSITION by the medical community. Wake up, people. Don't let the media con you into believing that there is a direct link between cancer and smoking. I know people who have smoked for years. And if 11 minutes is gone from their lives for each cigarette smoked, their life span must be around 200 years.
  • by Crystal on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=35422 Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet Secondhand smoke, also know as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers. It is involuntarily inhaled by nonsmokers, lingers in the air hours after cigarettes have been extinguished and can cause or exacerbate a wide range of adverse health effects, including cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma.1
  • by Elizabeth Location: London on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I too agree that Corbin, as well as London should have a smoking ban in all public places including workplace environments. For example: My family wanted to have dinner at Applebee's. However, we didn't want to travel to Lexington, so we drove to Corbin. Upon arrival, I questioned the attendant about non-smoking availability. She said that she would have some seating shortly, and so I asked to see the layout of the restaraunt. The non-smoking section is a small L-shaped area surrounded by the bar, which of course is a smoking area. I don't think that it is too much to ask of a fellow American to not smoke in a public setting. If a person can not go 30 minutes to an hour without having a smoke, then the person has even bigger psychological issues at hand. Also, I beleive that it should just not be a smoking ban, but incluede smokeless tobacco forms as well. That's my opinion.
  • by harleyrider1978 Location: scottsville on Jan 16, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=23399 Scientific Evidence Shows Secondhand Smoke Is No Danger Written By: Jerome Arnett, Jr., M.D. Published In: Environment & Climate News Publication Date: July 1, 2008 Publisher: The Heartland Institute OSHA on shs/ets Air quality test results by Johns Hopkins University, the American Cancer Society, a Minnesota Environmental Health Department, and various researchers whose testing and report was peer reviewed and published in the esteemed British Medical Journal......prove that secondhand smoke is 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations:
  • by Bobert Location: London on Jan 16, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    I want a farting ban in Corbin resturants also.
  • by Jennifer Location: Corbin on Jan 16, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    It is so nice to go to Lexington with the kids and family,eat and not be surrounded by inconsiderate smokers and their cancer causing toxins.
  • by RYAN Location: KY on Jan 16, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    YOU HAVE 200 PEOPLE FOR THE BAN WHO ARE NON-SMOKERS. 158 PEOPLE AGAINST THE BAN WHO ARE SMOKERS, AND 25 SMOKERS THAT ARE FOR THE BAN. ACCORDING TO THIS INFORMATION THE PEOPLE FOR THE BAN WIN 200 TO 158. THE COALITION QUESTIONS THE VALIDITY OF 100 SURVEYS BECAUSE 100 NON-SMOKERS WERE AGAINST THE BAN. WITH THE INFORMATION GIVEN THERE ARE 258 PEOPLE AGAINST A SMOKING BAN AND EITHER 200 TO 225 PEOPLE FOR THE BAN. THE RESULTS SAY THAT THE PEOPLE SURVEYED ARE AGAINST THE SMOKING BAN.THE CORBIN COMMUNITY COALITION ATTEMPTS TO SKEW THE RESULTS BY QUESTIONING THE VALIDITY OF THE SURVEY OF 100 NON SMOKERS WHO OPPOSE THE BAN. THEY DO NOT QUESTION THE VALIDITY OF THE 25 SMOKERS THAT ARE FOR THE BAN? THE COALITION HAD TO CHANGE THE RESULTS TO FIT THEIR AGENDA. WHY WERE THAY NOT CALLED ON THIS BY THE REPORTER. I DON'T DOUBT THEY WILL PASS THE BAN, JUST AS THEY HAVE IN ALL OF THESE OTHER TOWNS. YET THEY CAN NOT DO IT DEMOCRATICALLY. AGAIN GOVERNMENT OVER STEPPING ITS BOUNDS.
  • by Jim on Jan 16, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    David you are an idiot----why, only idiots would truly expect to win such a stupid argument.
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