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Bill prevents smoking in public places, workplace

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Smokers would have fewer places to light up under a bill moving through a Kentucky House committee.

The bill would ban smoking in public places and workplaces statewide.

Governor Beshear called for just such a law in his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

The bill's original sponsor, Representative Susan Westrom, said the state loses $3.8 billion a year in productivity due to smoking and the Medicaid program spends half a billion dollars each year treating smoking-related illnesses.

No word just when the bill will be considered by the full House.

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