Sup­port surges for smok­ing ban in tobacco coun­try

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

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.

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