Public Smoking Ban Being Considered In Pikeville

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

The American Lung Association estimates second hand smoke causes over three thousand lung cancer deaths and forty thousand heart disease deaths each year in the U.S.

Some Pikeville city officials say that's just one reason they want a public smoking ban in their city.

Charlotte and Lynn Blair are sisters. One smokes and the other quit three years ago.

"Second hand smoke does kill. I've lost my father and mother both from smoking emphysema," Charlotte said.

"I feel like if I can do it, my sister can, my sister can do it," Lynn said.

It can be hard to quit smoking, but Pikeville city officials hope to help. City officials say a public smoking ban is being discussed.

"If you're in a close area with someone that smokes, it's hard on you after you've quit smoking cause it makes you want to pick it right back up," Lynn said.

The possible public smoking ban in Pikeville may also lead to officials in nearby communities to consider the issue.

Last July, Pike County adopted an ordinance that banned smoking within the Pike County Courthouse and Hall of Justice.

We were unable to catch up with Pikeville city officials regarding the possible smoking ban, but we talked to several people in Pike County who smoke and they say even if a smoking ban occurs, they're going to still light up.

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