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10th anniversary of Lexington smoke-free
law, first in state, celebrated at Applebee’s

On Monday, July 1, Lexington celebrates its 10th year smoke-free in restaurants and public places at where else but a restaurant – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar.

Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, Inc. which owns Applebee’s, hosts Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, State Rep. Susan Westrom, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Director Ellen Hahn at the restaurant at 1856 Alysheba Way for the 3:30 p.m. party.
Lexington-Fayette County was the first local government in Kentucky to pass a smoke-free ordinance. At the time, very few communities in the Midwest or South had smoke-free laws.
Lexington’s smoke-free legislation is comprehensive and covers all buildings open to the public, all facilities and vehicles owned or operated by the city-county government, and all places of employment.
Currently, 38 Kentucky communities have enacted smoke-free ordinances or Board of Health regulations with 23 of those being comprehensive ordinances meaning that they cover all workplaces including restaurants and bars. This translates to 34.2 percent of Kentuckians being protected by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws. This compares to 49 percent of the U.S. protected by the same types of laws.
For more information on cities and counties in Kentucky with smoke-free community-wide ordinances and regulations in Kentucky, click here.

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