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Kentucky is going smoke-free, one community at a time. Some people ask…. Wouldn’t it be better to have a law cover the whole state rather than fewer laws scattered about Kentucky? . Local is Leading the Way!. Kentucky is building support for a statewide smoke-free law, by passing local laws.

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some people ask
Some people ask…

Wouldn’t it be better to have a law cover the whole state rather than fewer laws scattered about Kentucky?

Local is Leading the Way!

kentucky is building support for a statewide smoke free law by passing local laws
Kentucky is building support for a statewide smoke-free law, by passing local laws.

Local laws prompt local debate and educate citizens community by community.

Enforcement is highly effective at the local level as a result of local debate and education.

Local laws are more effective than a weak state law with preemption. Weak laws leave people unprotected.

Many strong local laws make passing a statewide law more feasible.

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When enough local communities go smoke-free, we may be ready to pass a state law, but it must meet the following criteria:
  • No preemption.
  • The law must be comprehensive with few if any exemptions.
  • Resources must be in place for enforcement.
  • The more local communities that have laws, the less the state will have to spend on enforcement.
what are the dealbreakers exemptions for
What are the Dealbreakers? Exemptions For:
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Race tracks/Casinos
  • Bingo halls or other gaming facilities
  • Private clubs with employees
  • Private offices
  • Cigar bars
  • Smoking rooms
  • Small businesses
  • E-cigarettes
common unacceptable exemptions
Common Unacceptable Exemptions
  • Allow ventilation
  • Allow tax incentives
  • Allow licenses/permits
  • Allow smoking after a certain time of day.
  • Allow smoking in establishments where only people 18 years of age and older are allowed.
  • Allow smoking inside and merely posts a warning sign on that outside of the establishment that smoking is permitted.
  • Allow certain establishments to continue to allow smoking through a grandfather clause.
  • Allow smoking to continue if employees consent to allow it.
help us educate other kentuckians
Help us educate other Kentuckians
  • Focus on the undebatable public health hazards of exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Talk about success of local smoke-free action and the need for that to continue
  • Emphasize that when we’re ready for a statewide law, it should be comprehensive – cover 100% of workplaces and still allow for stronger local action
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To get involved

www.smokefreeky.org

For more information on secondhand smoke and smoke-free policy

www.kcsp.uky.edu

www.tobaccofreekids.org

www.kylung.org

www.cancer.org

www.heart.org