WHAS11) - The president of the Kentucky senate is calling for a statewide smoking ban.
David Williams announced his proposal Monday night on Kentucky educational television's "Kentucky Tonight".
Williams says a statewide smoking ban will reduce the number of smokers in Kentucky.
Governor Steve Beshear has proposed a 30-cent-per-pack cigarette tax hike, as a way to boost public health and ease Kentucky's money woes.
A new study released by the American Lung Association finds both Kentucky and Indiana are flunking out when it comes to tobacco and health.
Kentucky scores all F's and Indiana scores 2 F's when it comes to the four categories.
They include tobacco tax, smoke free air, program spending, and cessation coverage.
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death.