STANFORD - With Lincoln County ranking in the bottom third of Kentucky counties in terms of overall health, local health department officials believe clearing the air of cigarette smoke will go a long way toward making folks feel better.
"Tobacco is intensely relevant to health issues in Lincoln County," said Dr. Forest Calico, a member of the Board of Health.
The results of an indoor air quality survey released Wednesday will provide ammunition in an upcoming campaign to ban indoor smoking in all buildings open to the public in the county. The tests show indoor air pollution levels at the 10 businesses tested to be, on average, less than in other communities before they enacted smoking bans, but still at unhealthy levels.
The testing was conducted in February at nine randomly chosen, anonymous restaurants and one entertainment venue, all of which allow smoking. The tests measured breathable fine particles in the air that are associated with cigarette smoke to come up with a numerical value or score.