Northern KY Endorses Push for Statewide Smoking Ban

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COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health is getting behind an effort supporting a statewide smoking ban.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the vote this month was the first time the 32-member board has endorsed a push by Smoke-Free Kentucky for a state law that would ban smoking at worksites, restaurants and bars.

The move came after Dr. Lynne Saddler, director of the Northern Kentucky Health Department, noted the dangers posed by second-hand smoke.

Saddler said the board had spent months "carefully looking at" information about secondhand smoke.

Opponents of a statewide ban have argued against taking rights away from business owners.

A bill proposed during the legislative session earlier this year failed.

The issue has proven divisive in Kentucky, which is among the nation's top tobacco-producing states.

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