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House panel votes to approve smoking ban

All health arguments aside…those in the business community say most Kentuckians want a new law…to outlaw smoking inside most buildings. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently surveyed its members on the proposal.

“Of the responses, 70% said ‘we favor that.’ Another 15% said they favor another statewide smoking policy,” said Ky. Chamber President David Adkisson.

It’s the first time the issue was heard in committee. And with the first vote, 10 of 12 lawmakers voted to advance the issue.

“This is a life cost issue. We don’t need people at work suffering,” said Sylvia Cerel-Suhl, who testified for the bill on behalf of the American Heart Association.

But some believe this isn't an issue the state needs to meddle in.

“It’s not the role of government to go this far. There are personal property rights that are being trampled,” said Rep. Ben Waide. He along with Rep. Addia Wuchner, both Republicans, voted against it.

Despite the overwhelming support in committee, the bill’s sponsor says she doesn’t think the issue is going to pass this session. Rep. Susan Westrom says the issue does not have enough support in the Senate.

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