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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky applauds Murray City Council’s passage of smoke free policy

The Murray City Council has passed, by an 8-2 vote, a comprehensive smoke-free policy to protect residents and visitors from exposure to dangerous secondhand smoke.

“Heartfelt congratulations to Mayor Jack Rose,” said Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky. “When Charlie Ross and I met with Mayor Rose back in April to talk about the health benefits of a smoke-free law in Murray, he committed to getting it done before he retired. And, by gosh, he has done that! Even better, the ordinance that he was able to shepherd through to passage follows all the guidelines for truly making a difference in the health of those who live, play and work in Murray.”

Murray is located in Southwestern Kentucky, in Calloway County and has a population of almost 18,000 residents.

The new law prohibits smoking of cigarettes, as well as e-cigarettes and vapes, in all enclosed public places, workplaces, private clubs, nursing homes, and hotel and motel guest rooms. It also prohibits use of these tobacco products in several outdoor locations, including outdoor shopping malls and parking structures, outdoor property adjacent to city buildings, outdoor arenas and stadiums.

“(Rose) has always been someone who is committed to doing what’s right, from his days as Calloway County school superintendent, dean at Murray State, and throughout his terms as the mayor of Murray,” said Charlie Ross, a retired public health director and former chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. “I join in congratulating both him and the Murray city council members who understand that comprehensive smoke-free laws are one of the most effective ways to improve the health of our neighbors in Kentucky.”

Other prohibited areas include playgrounds, public transportation stations and shelters, common areas of apartments and multiple-use residential facilities, and outdoor worksites where two or more employees are required to work.

The  Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky works to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $27 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth For more information, visit the Foundation website.

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