The latest edition of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that support for smoke-free policy and laws throughout the state is increasing.
The KHIP has been released annually since 2010, and in that time shows that more adults are favoring a statewide smoke-free law. The latest edition shows 65% of adults in favor, 29% opposed. In 2010 both favor and opposition for such a law sat at 48%.
KHIP shows the most support for smoke-free laws comes from people who have never smoked (84%) followed by former smokers (72%). Only 38% of current smokers support smoke-free policies.
Studies have shown there are many health risks associated with secondhand smoke, which has led to 26 states and the District of Columbia passing comprehensive smoke-free laws which include workplaces, bars, and restaurants. Kentucky does not have such a law.
The KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health. More than 1,500 Kentucky adults took part in the telephone survey during October and November of this year.
For a complete look at the report, go here