Let’s Talk About Bad Behavior

Tonight on KET, Bill Goodman’s Kentucky Tonight will include a discussion about a statewide smoking ban. You may remember in January that Senate President David Williams proposed a statewide ban, which never went anywhere.  The Freedom Kentucky website lists 24 communities statewide that have instituted some form of a smoking ban.

Goodman’s guests include Ellen Hahn of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy and Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute, taking opposing sides. It airs at 8.

While you and I might be accustomed to smoke-free restaurants, it’s not the case in places like Radcliff, where they’re stillhaving community arguments over the issue.

A statewide ban would render all the community bans irrelevant. Still, there’s enough statewide resistance that you shouldn’t expect anything out of Frankfort anytime soon.

Meanwhile, in Indiana, a new study from IU says that pregnant Hoosiers are among the nation’s worst when it comes to smoking, drinking and doing drugs while with child. The study, which doesn’t list info about other states, says Indiana is the seventh-worst state when ranked by percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy.  

IU didn’t release much info on its study, but we all know what state occupies the top spot on the list.

While we’re at it, does anyone think “Mad Men” really had to poke fun at Kentucky’s racist past by having a man singing My Old Kentucky Home in blackface? All the smoking in that show is distracting enough, but adding in Kentucky racism was a bit much.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Bad Behavior

  1. IU didn’t release much info on its study, but we all know what state occupies the top spot on the list.

    A quick google search reveals a CDC document that stated that West Virginia actually held the top spot in 1999 (latest year I could find). (See http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr49/nvsr49_07.pdf)

    How were we all supposed to know that?

    Actually, I think a good compromise to the statewide smoking ban would be to outlaw smoking in all indoor areas open to those under 21. Thus, bars would be allowed to keep their smoking, and restaurants would have to make the decision on whether to outlaw smoking or have an age restriction.

  2. Do you really believe the Mad Men writers sat down and said “Let’s poke fun at Kentucky.” Mad Men is a period piece. The ad guy doing his Jolsen blackface spoke of the entire country’s racial attitudes and used a New York country club’s Derby Party as the setting. Don’t be so “prickly” as they say. Besides, I’d be willing to bet it sparked more than a few fans to consider having a Derby Party next year.

  3. KYGuy stole my thunder – the episode has to be seen in the context of 1963. That was the year James Meredith enrolled at Ol’ Miss and sit-ins at lunch counters were going on all over the country. Several years before that, black singers like Nat King Cole couldn’t even maintain their TV shows on the air because they couldn’t find sponsors brave enough to continue funding their national exposure. White attitudes prevalent at that time were definitely being rocked to the core.

  4. …and the original lyrics of the song do mention “darkies” twice…something the state didn’t bother to change until 1986…

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