Statewide Smoking Ban Group Brings Message to Bowling Green

By Michael Gossum | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A group pushing for a state wide smoking ban stopped in Bowling Green Thursday afternoon to share their message.

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The group is called 'Smoke free Kentucky' and Thursday's stop at fountain square in downtown Bowling Green is part of their push to the Fancy Farm picnic, a large political event each year.

Organizers say they're excited to share this issue with several politicians and politically active Kentuckians.

This year Gov. Steve Beshear pushed this issue, but lawmakers didn't pass it.

"We're hearing from house and senate leadership that they're worried about their members taking a vote on this issue. We're a little puzzled by that argument because 65% of Kentuckians want a smoke-free law and smoke free communities support rates are even higher than that," said Betsy Janes of Smoke Free Kentucky.

The city of Bowling Green is already smoke free, but neighboring communities like Franklin do not have a smoking ban.

Some opponents of the ban say it should be up to what business owners want to do with their business.

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