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Betsy Janes with Smoke-Free Kentucky spoke to members of the Harlan Chamber of Commerce recently about a smoke-free law for the public work places in Kentucky.

Saying smoke-free laws “are good for your health,” Janes encouraged everyone to join the fight for a smoke-free Kentucky.

“What we’re trying to do is pass is a state-wide law, which would cover places like this, workplaces, restaurants, bars, office buildings — you name it. If it’s indoors and open to the public it would be covered under this law,” said Janes. “Why are we doing this? It’s because second-hand smoke can easily be prevented just by asking smokers to step outside. It can prevent a lot of diseases when we breathe smoke-free air every day instead of eight hours a day at work.”

Janes said being smoke-free is like a “vaccine for heart attacks.” She said not only is breathing smoke-free air good for your health but it is also “good for your business.”

“What research all across the country has shown is that when workplaces are smoke-free health insurance costs go down and fire insurance costs go down,” said Janes. “You can do the math if 70 percent of the population is non-smoking you’re opening your doors to more folks. It creates a cleaner atmosphere because you can smell and taste the food. Restaurants tend to be happier with smoke-free law.”

Janes said approximately 34 percent of Kentucky is now covered by smoke-free laws.

“There have been three versions of the smoke-free bill for the past three years,” said Janes. “This will be our fourth legislative campaign. Rep. Susan Westrom, of Lexington, is the sponsor and this year we will have a Senate bill as well. We think this will increase our chances of getting a smoke-free law.”

For more information you may visit their website at www.smokefreekentucky.org or you may contact your legislators by calling 1-800-372-7181 or their web site at www.lrc.ky.gov.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com

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