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Strong and steady support for Kentucky statewide smoke-free law

Jan 31, 2018


The Kentucky Health Issues Poll, sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, has measured Kentucky adults’ opinions about a variety of health topics since 2008.

In 2016 KHIP found that 71% of Kentucky adults supported a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law in Kentucky. This was the highest level of support since the poll began tracking this topic. Support held steady in 2017 (71%).

Twenty-seven states have comprehensive smoke-free laws covering workplaces, bars and restaurants. Kentucky is one of 13 states without a statewide smoke-free indoor air law.1

1 in 3 workers exposed to tobacco smoke

In 2017 KHIP found that nearly 1 in 3 Kentucky adults working full- or part-time outside the home were exposed to tobacco smoke at their workplace (32%) in the prior seven days.2

7 in 10 favor statewide smoke-free law

More than 7 in 10 Kentucky adults (71%) favored a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law. Fewer than 3 in 10 adults (27%) opposed such a law. Majorities across the state favored such a law (Western Kentucky, 67%; Louisville area, 80%; Northern Kentucky, 71%; Lexington area, 74% and Eastern Kentucky, 70%). Likewise, majorities of Democrats (79%), Republicans (68%) and Independents (62%) favored a Kentucky state law prohibiting indoor smoking in workplaces, public buildings, offices, restaurants and bars.

4 in 10 smokers favor smoke-free law

More than 4 in 10 current smokers (44%) favored a smoke-free law. Vast majorities of both former smokers (74%) and those who have never smoked (83%) favored a smoke-free law. Twenty-three percent of Kentucky adults reported being current smokers, 30% reported being former smokers and 47% reported having never smoked cigarettes.

1 Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Smoke-free Indoor Air Fact Sheet. Retrieved Dec. 20, 2017, from

2 KHIP asked, “During the past 7 days, that is, since last [TODAY’S DAY OF WEEK], on how many days did you breathe the smoke at your workplace from someone other than you who was smoking tobacco?”

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