Beginning July 1, smoking will not be allowed in most indoor public places in Kansas. That thanks to a bill passed by the Kansas Legislature in March. The Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act cleared its final hurdle when the Kansas House voted 68 to 52 to move the bill on to Governor Parkinson who signed it in a public ceremony on March 12, 2010.
"We are thrilled that Kansas legislators listened to the majority of Kansans who want to be able to enter public buildings and not be subjected to deadly second-hand smoke," said AARP Kansas State Director Maren Turner.
AARP Kansas members across the state participated in a Teletownhall forum to learn more about the smoking ban issue and then contacted their legislators to ask them to vote in favor of the smoking ban bill. Calls poured into Statehouse offices prior to the bill being debated on the House floor and AARP members and volunteers were on hand to keep an eye on the final vote.
An unscientific poll taken during the Teletownhall indicated that 68 percent of those listening on the call supported the State Clean Indoor Air Act. A followup call prior to the House debate, resulted in more than 800 members contacting their legislators to ask for their support of the legislation.
AARP Kansas worked with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and other partners in the Clean Air Kansas Coalition to advocate in favor of the bill. The legislation bans smoking in most indoor public places, with the exception of tobacco shops, many private clubs and designated areas of hotels, casinos and racetracks.