Tobacco’s Toll: New push aims to curb the other addiction problem in country’s sickest states

By Mary Meehan Special to KyForward Hundreds of kids scurrying to buses are oblivious to a sign above them declaring Bourbon County High School “100 percent Tobacco Free.” But upstairs in the library, sophomore and anti-smoking advocate Jacob Steward unfurls a six-foot scroll with earth-toned papers trapped between clear sheets of laminate. He begins reading the anti-smoking slogans he’ll post...

Community Leadership Program graduates address tobacco use in high school students in Appalachia

By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward Lifelong habits of tobacco use often begin during one’s teenage years. For Kentucky, this reality is particularly concerning, as the rate of tobacco use among Kentucky high school students is well above the national average — 35.8 percent compared with 20.2 percent. This includes all forms of tobacco, from cigarettes to vapes to chewing tobacco, though the...

Report: Failure by southern legislators on tobacco policies leads to higher tobacco use, cancer rate

State legislatures in Kentucky and 11 other Southern states are contributing to the region’s increased cancer burden by failing to implement evidence-based policies to reduce and prevent tobacco use, according to a report released by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The result of this inaction has led to some of the highest tobacco use rates in the country and contributed...

Study says only way to protect children from nicotine exposure is to not smoke in house — or quit

Children carry significant levels of nicotine on their hands even if their parents don’t smoke around them, according to a recent study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and San Diego State University. “Parents may think that not smoking around their child is enough, but this is not the case. These findings emphasize that the only safe way to protect children from smoke...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows most Kentuckians favor upping age for tobacco purchasers

About six in 10 Kentucky adults favor raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years, a level unchanged since 2015 among Democrats and Republicans. Among those identifying themselves politically as Independent, support rose from 55 percent to 65 percent in the last two years, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. KHIP is an annual poll of Kentucky adults’ opinions...

Kentucky failing in efforts to reduce tobacco use, American Lung Association national report says

The American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control” report has found that in 2016 Kentucky failed to do enough to implement proven-effective policies that would save lives. The 15th annual report grades states and the federal government on policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use. The report shows that most states and the federal government earned poor grades. Kentucky...

Old Time Kentucky: Robert Summers was a rare anti-smoking advocate over a century ago

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist More than a century before smoking was banned in many public places in Kentucky, the Columbus Dispatch ran a front-page story trashing tobacco. “One man has no more right to void his tobacco smoke into the face of another man than he has to void his saliva,” the un-bylined story said. Reprinted from The Round Table magazine, the story maintained that “…the...

Cigarettes still account for about 80 percent of all tobacco product sales, UK study shows

Consumers are not substituting electronic cigarettes for traditional cigarettes, a University of Kentucky researcher found during his study of habit formation with noncigarette products. As principal investigator in a study funded by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, Yuqing Zheng, an agricultural economist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, studied...

Want to avoid prostate cancer? Evidence suggests not smoking may be one way

As fewer men are smoking, fewer are dying from prostate cancer, and the trends appear to be related, especially in Kentucky. “From 1999 through 2010, decreasing prostate cancer mortality rates were consistent with a reduction in cigarette smoking at the population level,” says the report, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. The study looked at four states: Kentucky, with...

SelfMade Health Network, UK College of Public Health team to reduce tobacco-related cancer

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The incidence of tobacco-related cancer persists in Appalachia, a geographic region disadvantaged by a number of socioeconomic factors related to demographics, health care accessibility, screening behavior and environmental risks. To address tobacco-related health disparities in Appalachia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated a...

Teenagers’ use of electronic cigarettes triples, officials place blame on unrestricted advertisements

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Teenagers’ use of electronic cigarettes tripled between 2013 and 2014, surpassing the use of all tobacco products, and federal officials are blaming unrestricted advertisement of the products. Seven out of 10 middle-school and high-school students (69 percent) say they’ve seen e-cigarette ads in stores, online or in other media, with most of the ads...

What a difference a year makes: Kentucky’s 2013 corn crop is ‘good to excellent’ so far

The National Agriculture Statistics Service says Kentucky’s crop is 58 percent good and 24 percent excellent. (Photo from Creative Commons)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The corn landscape around Kentucky looks considerably different this year from 2012, thanks to plentiful rains and moderate temperatures.   The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service listed...