Marijuana and vaping are more popular than tobacco cigarettes among U.S. teens; in KY, it’s about equal

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More American teenagers are using marijuana and vaping than are smoking cigarettes, but Kentucky teens use the three products about equally, according to national and state surveys of them. The national “Monitoring the Future” survey found that in 2017, 23.9 percent of high-school seniors reported using marijuana in the 30 days before the survey,...

Number of Kentucky school districts implementing 100 percent tobacco free policies drops sharply

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Only two school districts have passed 100 percent smoke-free school policies in Kentucky this year, compared to 16 in 2016, perhaps because they are waiting to see if the state will require such action. “Sometimes when the state legislature takes things on, local officials kind of wait and see if the state’s going to do it,” Ellen Hahn, director...

Three out of four adults favor making 21 the minimum age of sale for tobacco products

  Three out of four American adults — including seven in 10 cigarette smokers — favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.   While an overwhelming majority of adults favored the policy overall, favorability is slightly higher among...