Kentucky could ban indoor smoking in public buildings

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky will soon ban indoor smoking in public and workplace buildings, if a state representative from Fayette County has her way.

On Thursday, Rep. Susan Westrom will join Smoke-Free Kentucky to roll out legislation that would establish a comprehensive, statewide, indoor smoke-free law.

"Protecting workers and the public from needless death and disease caused by secondhand smoke exposure is my main objective for filing the Smoke-free Kentucky Act.  This measure will protect the health of Kentuckians without harming business.  Asking smokers to step outside in order to save lives is a reasonable request," says Representative Susan Westrom.

The press event will take place in the Capitol Rotunda at 1 p.m., in coordination with the release of the American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control Report Card.

According to the report card, Kentucky is one of six states that received an 'F' for its efforts to curb tobacco-related disease this year.

The Lung Association's annual report card on tobacco control monitors progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state levels and assigns grades to assess whether laws are protecting citizens from the terrible health burden caused by tobacco use.

More information on the State of Tobacco Control Report Card is available by clicking here.

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