‘Comment’ will discuss legislative session; ‘KY Tonight’ will take up smoking ban

January 11, 2013 | | Comments 9

The first week of the 2013 General Assembly will be a topic of discussion on this weekend’s “Comment on Kentucky,” a public affairs show of the Kentucky Educational Television network.

Joining host Ferrell Wellman will be three journalists — Kenny Colston of Kentucky Public Radio; Joe Gerth, political writer for The Courier-Journal; and Jack Brammer, political writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The show will air live at 8 p.m. Friday on KET1.

On the Monday, Jan. 14, edition of “Kentucky Tonight” at 8 p.m. on KET1 and at, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss a proposed statewide smoking ban.

Scheduled guests are state Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington; state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville; Dr. Shawn Jones, former president of the Kentucky Medical Association; and Ken Moellman of Northern Kentucky Choice

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail to or use the message form at Viewers may also submit questions and comments on Twitter @BillKET, #kytonight, or on Kentucky Educational Television’s Facebook page.

All messages should include first and last name and town or county. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

“Kentucky Tonight” programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET1 and KET KY. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at

“Kentucky Tonight” is a weekly KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Goodman is host and managing editor.

–Jack Brammer

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  1. jebasmoke says:

    I totally agree that every new habit begins with mental shifts
    smoking as the “the chief preventable cause of death in our society.” Smoking nicotine is an extremely addictive habit and nicotine increases the possibility of endless diseases arising due to smoking. It not only affects the overall health of people but also adversely affects others who are exposed.
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  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Our work to protect our children and improve the public’s health is not complete. Today, tobacco is the leading
    preventable cause of death not just in America, but also
    in the world.”
    President Barack Obama

    Adolph Hitler 1943

    “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
    (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler; 1943)

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    We’ve been told for years secondhand smoke is deadly dangerous but we are here alive and there are no deaths from it, not even close.

    It’s an exaggerated, created science all its own. It’s propaganda – fallacies created to have justifications for a new round of tobacco prohibition. I am for freedom, freedom for all people to have their own place in this world, including the smokers!

    Tobacco smoke maybe an irritant to some, but that’s about it. Its chemical makeup has been so exaggerated by tobacco control pundits, it’s insanity. Only 6 percent of tobacco smoke constitutes those 7,000 theorized and identified components of the smoke. Theorized is the word, since the claimed chemicals are themselves so small they can barely be detected. Nanograms, femtograms are the sizes of what can be detected so they theorize the rest. Four percent is carbon monoxide, while nearly 90 percent constitutes ordinary atmospheric air! These figures come from the surgeon general’s report in 1989.

    Oh the pundits may bring up benzene in tobacco smoke. The average cigarette produces roughly 300 micrograms of benzene (1986 report of the surgeon general. p.130) 0.3 micrograms – 300 nanograms.

    Benzene is normally found in fruits, fish, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, beverages and eggs. The National Cancer Institute estimates that an individual may safely ingest up to 250 micrograms in their food per day, every single day of the year.

    Thus, the “safe” exposure to benzene from one day of a normal diet is roughly equal to the exposure experienced by a nonsmoker sharing an airspace with smokers for over 750 hours.

    It’s a political movement and it was never about health.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    According to independent Public and Health Policy Research group, Littlewood & Fennel of Austin, Tx, on the subject of secondhand smoke……..

    They did the figures for what it takes to meet all of OSHA’S minimum PEL’S on shs/ets…….Did it ever set the debate on fire.

    They concluded that:

    All this is in a small sealed room 9×20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.

    For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes

    “For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes

    “Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

    Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.

    “For Hydroquinone, “only” 1250 cigarettes

    For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time

    The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.

    So,OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :

    Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA

  5. carol says:

    Nothing that harleyrider1978 is accurate He is wrong on all counts.

  6. Susan says:

    Dear Carol:
    Prove it.

    Secondly, HarleyRider1978 – do you actually have a copy of Mein Kempf because they are saying that quote is not in there. Hitler said many similar things, but that exact quote I can’t find. I don’t trust any recent publications of it either. Many of our books are being conveniently edited.

  7. Susan says:

    What they have done to smokers is what they are doing to gun owners now. It started with the smokers. They were demonized with faked scientific studies. Smoking DOES call COPD. Beyond that, a larger portion of the population smoked from the 1930s to the 1960s and I remember lots of smokers that lived to a ripe old age back that smoked through those decades. The thing is, so many people are eating healthy and exercising and not smoking or drinking (well, most continue drinking, including getting drunk every night like most of my neighbors) but they do all these things and guess what? Ya die when your time is up anyway. And others live to an old age – suffering and being stuck in nursing homes by their children. Living to a ripe old age is overrated.

  8. Susan says:

    I meant “…does CAUSE COPD.”
    “…back THEN that smoked through those decades.”
    Sorry for the typos

  9. Susan says:

    I live in New York. We’re gone. Kentucky – FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS!