July 1st marked the10th anniversary of Lexington enacting its smoke-free ordinance--the first in Kentucky! Since then, more than 30 communities in the Commonwealth have gone smoke-free to protect citizens and workers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, but there's still a lot of work to be done.
Arsenic, lead, and carbon monoxide are just a few of the 4,000 chemicals found in secondhand smoke---chemicals that too many Kentuckians are still exposed to daily simply by going to work. As smoke-free laws have spread, the evidence has also grown that these laws protect public health without harming business in bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues. In fact, 24 states (and Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) have already adopted comprehensive smoke-free laws. Kentuckians deserve no less! Even if you're fortunate enough to live in a smoke-free community, please take a moment now to ask your lawmakers to ensure that ALL Kentuckians are protected from secondhand smoke while earning a living. Let's make Kentucky the next smoke-free state!