While it was pronounced dead by one of its sponsors in early March, a bill to create a sweeping smoking ban in the Commonwealth of Kentucky officially died on Tuesday with the completion of the legislative session.

House Bill 173 had made it through the Health & Welfare committee and returned to the House floor, where five amendments had been filed, including an exemption for cigar bars that are separated from other establishments and are geared towards premium cigars. Despite the discussion, Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, said at the time that it would take riots outside the Capitol to get enough support behind the proposal. Numerous House Democrats are seeking re-election and wouldn’t get behind what is seen as a controversial bill.

Westrom promised that she would introduce the bill for a fifth time in the 2015 legislative session and said she thinks it will finally have enough support to warrant passage.


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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.