Smoking Ban Bill Passes In Committee

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 2/07/2013 11:35 pm

Public places in Kentucky could soon be smoke free.

The State House Health and Welfare Committee overwhelmingly passed a bill today that would ban smoking in indoor workplaces and public places.

Now the bill goes to the full House for consideration.

Jacob Glancy owns Jake’s Cigar Bar in Nicholasville. Right now, the bill includes his store and would stop him from allowing his customers to smoke inside.

“The smoking ban would shut down my livelihood,” Glancy said. “It would leave me high and dry without a business and with a loan from the initial start up.”

Glancy also said it’s disheartening that the government is trying to do tell him what he can do with his own business.

Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl said the ban’s purpose isn’t to stop smoking altogether. Instead, it’s to protect non-smokers from the health-hazards of secondhand smoke.

“People said, ‘Is this going to be a slippery slope? Are you going to tell us we can't buy large soft drinks or that we can't buy big hamburgers?’” Cerel-Suhl said. “And I pointed out that you can choose to drink a big soft drink, but that won't affect me.”

Cerel-Suhl said this is a bill just designed to protect non-smokers from smokers – giving them the right to breath clean air.

22 communities in Kentucky, including Fayette County, already have a smoking ban.

If Kentucky passes the smoke free plan, they will join 24 other states that already have a smoking ban in place.

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harleyrider17 - 2/6/2014 5:07 PM
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This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke: Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study........................... Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it! The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered: Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year. 146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY. A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose. Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

harleyrider17 - 2/6/2014 5:07 PM
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What danger might that be my Rino Republican Sen. Julie Denton! The fact that no harm can be shown to anyone exposed to second hand smoke! The fact that 20 year and more heavy smokers lungs are just as good if not better than non-smokers lungs in transplant operations with better survival rates! Destroying the myth of second hand smoke based on thousands of years to get equal doseage in non-smokers! The fact that second hand smoke in the homes of children reduce and leave a protective effect on both smokers and children to atopic disorders by a whopping 84%. The fact that even OSHA couldn't find any levels of harm to anyone inside a smoking establishment! Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)...It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded." -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec'y, OSHA. Really Sen, Denton whatever Mystical crystal ball you've been looking into has lied to you and everyone else. Perhaps your now a believer of thirdhand smoke and its magical properties to kill children! Or maybe its just that your a Prohibitionist that simply hates smokers and the Obese and well drinkers too. Or maybe you hate freedom and property rights of the owners of private businesses. Or maybe just maybe your out to destroy the parental autonomy of parents in likely another push to ban smoking in cars or even in our homes! Maybe you also want to ban smoking in the parks or the shoreline of kentuckys rivers and lakes. But mostly Sen. Denton is it that your getting great campaign donations from the likes of Big Pharma and Obama government grants to push the lies and push the bills illegal lobbying put in your hands by non-profit groups backed by Pharma activists.

rbanta710 - 2/8/2013 4:51 AM
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Retarded. guess they will need to shut automobiles down next, after all they pollute way more than cigarettes. This is utterly ignorant. Typical spineless officials will surely pass it through.
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