To smoke or not to smoke?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Our topic tonight on Kentucky Tonight will be the legislation sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom that would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces with at least one employee, including restaurants, bars, and private clubs. If this legislation passes the state House, Senate, and is signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky would join a few other states with a state-wide smoking ban.

Scheduled guests are State Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington; State Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green; Amy Barkley, an advocacy director with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail, including their name and town or county, to or use the message form at The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

We will also discuss another anti-smoking bill filed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo. He wants to ban smoking in cars with children in the automobiles. Stumbo’s proposal would not allow a person to smoke “cigars, cigarettes, or tobacco in any form” in a vehicle carrying a child. It proposes a fine of $25 for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

Controversial? I’ll say. Join us and participate in the discussion tonight on KET at 8/7pm CT or catch a repeat.

One Response to “To smoke or not to smoke?”

  1. ed adams says:

    breathing coal is very dangerous have you heard of black lung so we should ban burning or mining coal?

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