Group says majority of KY voters support state smoking ban, but candidates are split

01/06/2011 07:03 PM

While a group of public health advocates and some business leaders lent their support to a statewide smoking ban on Thursday, the issue has divided the candidates for governor in an unusual way.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids commissioned a poll in December of 500 likely Kentucky voters. It found that 59% of those surveyed would support a statewide smoking ban compared to 39% who opposed such a move, they announced Thursday at the Capitol.

It came as state Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, filed a bill that would outlaw smoking in most public places, including offices, bars and restaurants.

But for those who want to be governor, the issue didn’t cut along party lines.

Republican candidate David Williams, the state Senate president, has said he supports a statewide smoking ban.

His primary opponent, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, is strongly opposed, said campaign manager David Adams. And Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told Pure Politics last month that he didn’t believe a statewide ban was necessary.

Here’s Thursday night’s report on the issue featuring comments from Beshear and Williams:

- Ryan Alessi


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