Governor calls for smoking ban across Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has promoted a statewide smoking ban in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech.

He told a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday that addiction to tobacco is hurting productivity in Kentucky, jacking up medical costs and killing people.

Beshear said some three dozen cities and counties in Kentucky already have smoking bans in public places. He said it's time to look seriously at extending the ban statewide.

The Democratic governor said people still could light up, just not in places where they'd expose others to secondhand smoke.

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