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New poll: Kentuckians would favor statewide smoking ban

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A new poll shows that a majority of Kentucky residents favor a smoking ban in public places, a law which the Kentucky legislature is considering.

According to the 2011 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), 54 percent of Kentuckians say they would support such a law; 43 percent are opposed to this law; and 4 percent had no opinion. This is an increase from 2010, when Kentuckians were split about the law at 48 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

"Secondhand smoke exposure poses significant health risks, and smoke-free environments are the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from these hazards," says Mary Francis, director of the Assistance for Substance Abuse Prevention Center.

KHIP, conducted annually, identifies what residents think about residents think about various health issues that affect communities, the state and the country.

"It's not surprising that those who have never smoked are much more likely to support a ban than current smokers," says Francis. "It's also interesting that a majority of former smokers are in favor of a non-smoking law."

Support among registered voters is significantly higher than among nonvoters. A smoking ban is supported by 58 percent of registered voters. Meanwhile, women (64 percent) were more likely to support the law than men (43 percent). Democrats and Republicans reported an equal level of support (55 percent each) for a statewide smoke free law. Support also increased as age, income and level of education increased.

More information about Kentuckians' views on a smoking ban and other topics is available online at http://www.foundationhealth.org/data_publications/khip.html.

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