Kentucky Pays the Price for Lax Anti-Smoking Laws
Public indoor smoking is banned in 25 of the 50 U.S. states. This is because secondhand smoke is known to cause cardiac disease and lung cancer, and kills about 50,000 non-smokers every year.
But, anti-smoking laws are more lax in the southern states with not a single one comprehensively banning public indoor smoking. Kentucky in particular is home to lax anti-smoking rules. Not surprisingly, Kentucky has the nation’s highest lung cancer rates.
The influence of the tobacco lobby is huge in Kentucky because it is the nation’s second biggest producer of tobacco after North Carolina. But, things are changing for the better. Many Kentucky counties and cities have started to enforce smoking ordinances.
The pro-smokers’ lobby backed by business owners is complaining that anti-smoking laws are an affront to personal liberties. By 2020, the U.S. hopes that all 50 states will have strict public anti-smoking laws in place.