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Most Kentucky Adults Favor Smoke-Free Law

66 percent of Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide law that would provide for smoke-free indoor air in most public places, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

31 percent oppose such a law that would ban smoking in workplaces (private and government), restaurants, and bars. Across the country, 26 states and the District of Columbia have smoke-free laws.

“Support for a smoke-free law in Kentucky has remained steady at nearly 7 in 10 Kentucky adults since 2013,” said Ann Barnum, Vice President for Community Strategies at Interact for Health which has found majority support for a smoke-free law in each of the past five years. “There is evidence that smoke-free indoor air policies are effective in reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, which can cause many health issues.”

Most Democrats, Republicans, and independents favor the law, the survey found. 69 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of Republicans, and 58 percent of independents support a smoke-free law. 

Nearly 8 in 10 Kentucky adults who have never smoked (77 percent) favored a smoke-free law. About 7 in 10 former smokers (69 percent) also supported a law. More than 4 in 10 current smokers (43 percent) favored a comprehensive smoke-free law. One in 4 Kentucky adults (26 percent) reported being a current smoker.

Support for this type of statewide law differed by health status. More than 7 in 10 Kentucky adults who reported excellent or very good health (74 percent) supported a smoke free law. About 6 in 10 Kentucky adults who reported good health (62 percent) or fair or poor health (58 percent) favored such a law.

Northern Kentuckians favor the law at 68 percent, while Lexington (71 percent) and Louisville (70 percent) saw slightly higher favorability. 65 percent in western Kentucky and 64 percent in eastern Kentucky favor the law.

More information about Kentuckians’ views on a smoke-free law, and other topics, is available at www.interactforhealth.org/kentucky-health-issues-poll.

-Staff report