Support surges for smoking ban in tobacco country
FRANKFORT | More than seven in 10 people in one of the nation’s largest tobacco-producing states support a statewide smoking ban in most public places.
It’s the highest level of support ever recorded in polling by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky since the group first asked the question in 2011.
Anti-smoking advocates hope the numbers will fuel a renewed push for a public smoking ban in a state that leads the country in the number of tobaccorelated cancer cases per 100,000 people.
But working against them is the state’s population of smokers — more people smoke in Kentucky per capita than anywhere else in the country — and the state’s long history of tobacco growing that has sustained generations of farmers.
Across the country, 27 states plus the District of Columbia have passed workplace smoking bans, with many more local governments also adopting bans.