At each “On the Road to a Healthier Kentucky” stop, the Smoke-Free Coalition will speak to the media, rally supporters and reach out to legislators urging them to join 24 other states in passing a statewide smoke-free law that covers all indoor workplaces and public places, including bars and restaurants. The tour’s goal is to engage public support before the 2015 legislative session, according to chairperson Amy Barkley.
Barkley chairs the coalition, which represents the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and other local health, businesses and community partners working to make all indoor workplaces and public places in Kentucky smoke-free.
“2015 is the year we are finally going to pass a smoke-free law and protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air in Kentucky,” said Barkley. “We know Kentuckians support going smoke-free, and we’re touring the state to call attention to those supporters.”
During the last four legislative sessions, State Rep. Susan Westrom introduced statewide smoke-free workplace bills.
Barkley said secondhand smoke exposure causes about 1,000 deaths a year in Kentucky. “It is time for Kentucky to protect everyone’s right to breathe smoke-free air,” she said. “No one should have to choose between their lives and their livelihoods.”
Monday, July 28
Kings Daughters Medical Center, 2201 Lexington Ave., Ashland, 12 p.m. EST
Tuesday, July 29
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, 110 Medical Center Dr., Hazard, 11 a.m. EST
City Hall, 123 Town Square, Manchester, 3 p.m. EST
Wednesday, July 30
Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St., Lexington, 11 a.m. EST
Norton Cancer Institute, 676 S. Floyd Street, Louisville, 3 p.m. EST
Thursday, July 31
Big Dawg Country Radio, 101 East Main St., Campbellsville, 11 a.m. EST
Fountain Square Park, Bowling Green, 2 p.m. CDT
Friday, Aug. 1
Owensboro Riverfront, Smothers Park, 199 West Veterans Blvd., Owensboro, 10 a.m. CDT
Baptist Health (Trover), 900 Hospital Dr. Madisonville, 12:30 p.m. CDT
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, 3:30 p.m. CDT
Saturday, Aug. 2
Fancy Farm Picnic, St. Jerome Church, 161 Picnic Blvd, Fancy Farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT
Information provided by Angie Kinsey
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