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Saying that Kentucky needs to do more to tackle the steep rise of vaping among teens and pre-teens, state Rep. Buddy Wheatley has pre-filed legislation that would ban added e-cigarette flavors on the market.


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced plans at a press conference to introduce legislation in the U.S. Senate to raise the nationwide minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The McConnell bill, which will be introduced in May, will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices.

Senator McConnell was joined at the press conference by President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Ben Chandler, State Senator Julie Raque Adams, and State Representative Kim Moser.

$1 Cigarette Tax Increase: Killing Two Birds with One Stone?

Jan 17, 2018
Public News Service

Could increasing the cigarette tax by $1 save lives and improve Kentucky's budget woes? That's what the majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

When learning about the specific revenue and health benefits of a $1 per-pack increase in the cigarette tax, 7-in-10 voters polled said they were in favor. Tonya Chang, senior director of government relations at the American Heart Association in Kentucky, said the increase will lower smoking rates, especially among pregnant woman and youth smokers who are most susceptible to tax increases.


It’s time to leave tobacco behind in the New Year!

St. Claire HealthCare will provide a free smoking cessation course. The classes begin on January 8 at 5 PM and will be held in the Center for Health, Education and Research (CHER) building, Rm. 102.

Although the first steps can be hard, finding your path to a smoke free life is easier with the right help. The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program is a proven way to quit smoking, and stay quit, even if you’ve tried before and went back to smoking.

UWSP Still Smoking

Governor Beshear has picked up an ally in his campaign to convince the Kentucky General Assembly to pass a smoke-free law for all public buildings.

Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says such laws have a measureable impact on worker health across the country. Frieden spoke on KET’s “One to One” with Bill Goodman.

Chemicals Linked To Lung Cancer

Jun 13, 2014
Liberty Voice

Kentucky continues to lead the nation in cancer related deaths.  Lung cancer cases in Appalachia are way above the national average. Smoking has been cited for decades as a contributing factor. 

However, Kentucky Cancer Registry Director Tom Tucker says more attention is also being given to chemicals in the ground namely arsenic and chromium.


The Greenup County Health Department plans to use a grant from the foundation at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital to launch a diabetes education program. Paul Hunt is the department’s public health services coordinator.

He says the initiative begins in July and is a partnership with the Greenup County Farmer’s Market and Cooperative Extension Service. Hunt says the newly-formed Diabetes Today Coalition will offer weekly sessions during the month on meal planning, nutrition education and exercise.

Statewide Smoking Ban Support Grows

Jan 2, 2014
The Guardian

A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians support a statewide smoking ban. 

The poll released today (January 2) from the non-profit Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows 65 percent of Kentucky adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The new numbers are up 6 points from last year, and 17 points from four years ago.

MCTC Bans Tobacco

Aug 2, 2013

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has become the latest school to adopt a tobacco-free policy. Jessica Kern is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at MCTC. She says this change reflects a growing desire among students and visitors…