FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a dramatic scene at in Frankfort Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 black roses in wreaths were on display to represent the number of Kentuckians killed each year by secondhand smoke. As legislators walked up the steps at the Capitol, they passed what Smoke Free Kentucky calls a visual reminder of the importance of passing House Bill 173 and Senate Bill 117.

For the past three years, a statewide smoke free bill has died in Frankfort.

"It's really unfortunate because smoke free laws are just as popular in rural Kentucky, if not more, than in urban areas," said Betsey Janes, a spokeswoman for Smoke Free Kentucky. "Unfortunately, what we are hearing from rural legislators is some pushback on this legislation."

The display also included an ad that will soon run in publications across the state, to encourage Kentuckians to ask their legislators to vote on the smoke-free bills.

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