Manchester and Somerset got 2012 off to a great start by going smoke free.
Corbin approved a smoke-free law late last year.
As a result, 34 percent of Kentuckians now live in places that protect them from secondhand smoke, according to the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy at the University of Kentucky.
This is a remarkable milestone in a state whose history has been so closely intertwined with tobacco.
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While most people enjoy going out to eat without risking a lung-full of secondhand smoke, the real benefits will accrue to workers and businesses.
Employees who aren't exposed to tobacco smoke on the job will be healthier and more productive which puts more profits on bottom lines.
No wonder the Kentucky Chamber of Commere has endorsed House Bill 289, Rep. Susan Westrom's legislation to clear the air statewide by ending smoking in enclosed public places.
We keep hearing that the bill won't go anywhere again this session because Kentucky is not ready for a statewide smoke-free law.
But judging from the strong advance of clean-air laws at the local level, it just might be that Kentucky is ahead of the legislature on this one.