A recent proposed statewide smoking ban passed Thursday in Kentucky and Cigar Rights of America has issued an advisory on the ban. The ban contains no provisions for cigar shops, bars or lounges.
On February 5, 2013, House Bill 190 was introduced by Representatives Susan Westrom (D), Jule Raque Adams (R) and David Watkins (D) and would effectively ban smoking throughout the state. The proposed smoking ban comes from a group called Smoke-Free Kentucky, a group that aims to restrict smoking in some public spaces and in all work places. Supporters of the smoking ban cite secondhand smoke effects on workers’ health as one of the major reasons behind the proposal.
Cigar communities along with other opponents of the proposed ban are being asked to immediately contact their legislator and ask them to oppose this measure. Cigar Rights of America has created a webpage to help those concerned about the ban able to easily reach their legislator.
Many feel that this legislation would destroy small businesses such as cigar shops and lounges and that this is not an issue the state of Kentucky should waste time on as there are much more significant economic issues.
CRA encourages Kentucky members to contact state Representatives and ask them to vote NO on HB 190. For more information visit CRA online.