STORYCORPS: The Night Lex's Urban Co. Council Made State History

Feb 6, 2014

This week's StoryCorps segment concerns July 1st, 2003; the night Lexington became the first city in Ky. to pass a no-smoking ordinance.

L to R, Dr. Ellen Hahn, and Carol Riker
L to R, Dr. Ellen Hahn, and Carol Riker
Credit Kentucky Center For Smoke Free Policy

Today we hear from two members of the original coalition responsible for lobbying Urban County Council members to support a measure that would result in a political, social, and cultural sea change in the tobacco-rich Commonwealth.  Dr. Ellen Hahn was a key leader of Smoke Free Lexington…she’s joined in the booth by her colleague Carol Riker. 

The two recall the nervousness they felt the night the final vote was cast.

Special thanks to the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy for sharing their StoryCorps audio.

Information on smoke free policies is available at