PADUCAH- Poll data released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky indicate support for a statewide smoke-free law is at its highest point ever. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found 65% of Kentucky adults now support a statewide smoke-free law.
“Support for a smoke-free law has increased consistently since we began polling on this issue in 2010,” stated Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Our findings reveal the statewide smoke-free issue continues to gain support among Kentuckians of all ages, walks of life, and varying political party affiliations.”
Mayfield, Kentucky is one of the most recent communities to pass a smoking ban in public buildings, office buildings, restaurants and bars.
Daniel Carr, manager of Carr's Restaurant and Bar said the transition has been pretty smooth and removing the ash trays has not meant losing customers.
"Not horrible," he said. "A lot of our regular people that smoked before, they still come in, they just make that extra step and take it outside and smoke."
Mayfield Police officers agree enforcing the new ordinance has been easy.
"We haven't had any issues, haven't even had any calls or complaints," said Major Shannon Keller.
That's why Keller said he's not surprised to hear that support for a state-wide ban is up. He would expect lawmakers to try to pass one again soon.