Smoking Ban Debate Continues in Kentucky

Smoking Ban Debate Continues in Kentucky

The smoking ban debate continues in Kentucky.
   "It's really not about the smoker.  It's about the second-hand smoke that comes off of a cigarette or a cigar and we just believe it's an unnecessary health risk," says Tonya Chang.

     Chang is the Kentucky Director of Government Relations with the American Heart Association.  The non-profit is a member of Smoke Free Kentucky, a coalition of more than 200 organizations and businesses in favor of the statewide smoking ban that passed a House committee Tuesday.

     "This issue is supported by a majority of Kentuckians.  In fact, almost 60% of Kentuckians support a comprehensive smoke-free law.  Exposure to second-hand smoke is a health hazard.  It increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, lung disease, lung cancer and asthma," explains Chang.

     And if that bill passes, it would put businesses, like Jake's Cigar Bar & Lounge, out of business.

     "Jake's would go completely down and I'd be stuck with a very large loan with no business to support it and that would be detrimental to me and my family," comments Jacob Glancy.

    Even though, it doesn't appear the proposed legislation has the support it needs to become a law, Glancy says he's not going down without a fight.

     "I've definitely been contacting all the people I can and having all my friends and patrons of the shop contact their representatives and voice their opposition to it and at least get into the point where we could have exemptions for 18 & over or 21 & over , cigar bars, something like that," explains Glancy.

     The smoking ban bill now moves to the full House.


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