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Gov. Steve Beshear is promoting a statewide smoking ban.

He wants to do away completely with smoking in public places, just as many counties and municipalities have implemented on their own. He told a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday that addiction to tobacco is hurting productivity in Kentucky, jacking up medical costs and killing people.

Gov. Beshear says three dozen cities and counties in Kentucky already have smoking bans in public places.

He said it's time to look seriously at extending the ban statewide.

The Democratic governor said people can still smoke, just not in places where they'd expose others to secondhand smoke.

House Bill 190 is up for discussion today in the House Health and Welfare Committee.