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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Momentum Building for State-Wide Smoking Ban

Northern Kentucky University will be voting today whether to follow in the footsteps of the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville to enact a tobacco-free campus.

Add that to the poll released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky on Monday that said nearly 6 out of 10 (59%) of Kentucky adults now support a state-wide smoking ban.

That is up from 54% in 2011 and 48% in 2010.

Here is the full report.

"We have polled on this issue since 2010 and support for a smoke-free law has increased steadily since then," said Dr. Susan Zepeda, President /CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "This issue continues to gain support with Kentuckians of all ages and from all walks of life." The poll

From the news release:

The KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.  The poll was conducted September 20-October 14, 2012, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.  A random sample of 1,680 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone, including landlines and cell phones.  The poll has a margin of error of ±2.5%.
I find these results suspect, to say the least. An 11% increase in support of a smoking ban over the course of just two years is a monumental jump, especially when no real new information has come out in the pro or con on this issue. 
I'd be interested to see if the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) used the same questions each year or if they formulated the questions differently to get the result that they desired. Granted, I've never done a poll to this extent, however whenever we write about this issue anecdotal evidence against the smoking ban far outweighs its counter.


  1. Smoking bans are beneficial in many ways, people will try to smoke less or quit, it will also help to make the environment clean and healthy.

  2. The government is doing good by imposing such bans but i don't think it is necessary to include open air areas in such kind of laws.