KENTUCKY, May 7, 2012 / WFPL News / – A new poll by a nonpartisan health organization suggests a majority of Kentuckians would support a statewide smoking ban.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. And its 2011 poll, taken last fall and released this week, shows that 54 percent of Kentuckians would approve an indoor statewide smoking ban.
Kentucky’s General Assembly has flirted with a law that would create a statewide smoking ban, but it has yet to fully make it through both chambers.
Foundation CEO Susan Zepeda says public opinion has likely changed to support a ban because more cities and counties have adopted similar measures.
“And what we saw this year is a tipping of the balance, so that as you point out, a majority of Kentuckians in every region of the state feel that a law about indoor smoking is a smart thing for us to have,” she says.
Support for a statewide ban was strongest in the Greater Lexington region where 61 percent of those polled were in favor. The lowest approval came from Western Kentucky, where poll respondents were split 51-49 percent in favor of a ban.