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Smoke Free Kentucky is a coalition of public health groups, ed community organizations, sovaldi businesses and citizens concerned about the serious health effects of secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke in public places or at work significantly increase their risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Nearly 50,000 Americans die each year due to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Here in Kentucky, 24 communities have passed smoke-free policies covering all workplaces and enclosed public places. While 32.5% of Kentuckians are covered by strong local smoke-free ordinances or regulations, 67.5% remain unprotected. That’s not good enough! Everyone in Kentucky has the right to breathe smoke-free indoor air!

Consider that secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer including formaldehyde, arsenic, cyanide, and carbon monoxide. The truth is that there is NO SAFE LEVEL of exposure to secondhand smoke. In fact, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of heart attack.

In response to the overwhelming evidence of the serious hazards of secondhand smoke, 24 states, along with the District of Columbia Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have a law in effect that requires non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars to be 100% smoke free. These laws, along with local laws in other states, protect 49.2% of the U.S. population. Please join us and help make Kentucky the 25th smoke-free state.

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