George Radford of KY-ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy) Coalition, Pennyrile District Health Department Director Allison Beshear, Hilarie Bratset of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy and Lyon County physician Dr. David French talked about a study of the air quality of workplaces in Trigg, Lyon and Livingston counties.
The study, which tracked the chemicals often found in secondhand smoke, showed that air pollution in workplaces in Trigg and Lyon counties was much higher than in Georgetown and Lexington, both of which have bans on public smoking, and average air quality in those workplaces was higher than the outdoor standard, Bratset said.
Although this is the third attempt at a statewide public smoking ban, Beshear said she’s hopeful it will pass, stating that it looks more promising than it has in the past. She also said the bill isn’t about limiting people’s choices.
“This bill’s not set up to take away anybody’s rights. Everyone has the right to smoke,” Beshear said. “What this would do is just make public venues smoke-free. You’ll still have the right to smoke in your house, smoke in your car. This just gives everyone the opportunity to breathe cleaner air.”
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