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Proposed smoking ban in Jessamine County receives criticism

The findings of a study conducted by the University of Kentucky College of Nursing were revealed today.

In Jessamine County, the study found the air pollution at businesses where people are allowed to smoke is four times the outdoor air standard allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Secondhand smoke is a known cause of death and disease. It's the third leading cause of death in Kentucky," said Dr. Ellen Hahn who authored the findings of the study.

Jessamine County is the latest Kentucky community to propose a smoking ban, but some concerned citizens say the ban being discussed isn't nearly strong enough.

The ban being put forward by county officials would allow exemptions for bars and some other venues.

A similar law in Louisville did nothing to reduce the air quality at such businesses.

A public hearing on the proposed ban is scheduled for March 7th.

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