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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky marks significant increase in funding to curb tobacco use in 2017

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky invested more than $361,000 on work to reduce both tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in 2017. This commitment represented a significant expansion of the Foundation’s annual budget focused on tobacco-use reduction over past years. Even so, the Foundation continued several research projects as well as its support of grantees working on a variety...

Casey County student smoke-free group receives first Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award

A group of 19 Casey County High School Students are the first recipients of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s new Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award for their work to change the smoking culture on their school campus. The Casey Youth Coalition’s (CYC) campaign has helped reduce smoking, leading to a 10 percent decrease in 30-day tobacco use among 10th graders in 2016, for example....

Kentucky anti-smoking coalition launches with goal to add $1 to cigarette tax in next legislative session

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than 100 people representing at least 84 groups gathered at the state Capitol Annex Wednesday to launch the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, with its leader boldly stating they hope to add $1 to Kentucky’s 60-cent-per-pack cigarette tax in the 2018 legislative session. “We hope that we can make some progress on this cigarette tax in this...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offers workshop to help businesses implement smoke-free policies

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help businesses learn how to implement smoke-free policies in their workplaces Aug. 31 in Louisville. “More than 70 percent of Kentucky adults and 90 percent of Kentucky businesses support smoke-free, so it’s never been easier for Kentucky businesses to adopt workplace policies to protect their employees from the dangers of...

Human resources workshop August 31 to help employers implement tobacco-free workplaces

Businesses looking to create healthier workplaces for their employees can learn how to implement tobacco-free policies at a workshop hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville Aug. 31. Smoking costs businesses an estimated $5,800[i] per smoker in extra expenditures each year, including productivity losses and additional health care costs, and puts them at risk for the health consequences...

Manchester recognized as state leader in ending tobacco use, is two years smoke-free

The city of Manchester stands as a leader in the state in a battle against Kentucky’s smoking epidemic. (Photo from City of Manchester)   The city of Manchester has kicked the habit citywide as it celebrates the second anniversary of its smoke-free workplace ordinance. The Southern Kentucky city’s smoke-free anniversary coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s...

Lexington’s first-in-state smoking ban paves the way for more than one-third of Ky. towns

More than one-third of Kentuckians are now protected by smoke-free workplace laws since Lexington became the first in the state to enact anti-smoking legislation 10 years ago.     In 2003, Lexington was not only the first in a tobacco state like Kentucky, but was also one of very few in the Midwestern and Southern United States.   Now, over half of the country has some form of smoking...

10th anniversary of Lexington smoke-free
law, first in state, celebrated at Applebee’s

On Monday, July 1, Lexington celebrates its 10th year smoke-free in restaurants and public places at where else but a restaurant – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar.   Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, Inc. which owns Applebee’s, hosts Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, State Rep. Susan Westrom, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Director...