A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Dietitians say top New Year’s resolution of quitting smoking may cause weight gain, but do it anyway

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Of the 44 percent of American adults who said they would make a New Year’s resolution this year, 12 percent said they plan to quit smoking and 10 percent said they plan to lose weight, according to a Marist College poll. Since Kentucky has the nation’s second-highest smoking rate, 24.6 percent, and the seventh-highest obesity rate, 34.3 percent, both...

New HUD rules give public housing residents protection from secondhand smoke

Federal Public Housing residents in Kentucky gained further protections from the dangers of secondhand smoke Monday, as new smoke-free housing rules from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) tooke effect. In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a rule requiring all federally-owned public housing to become smoke-free by July 30. This...

Louisville lung cancer survivor visits congress to advocate for research funding, quality healthcare

Louisville resident and lung cancer survivor Steve Tong traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with members of the U.S. Congress and demand action. Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Tong stood alongside others personally affected by lung cancer to advocate for $38.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2019 funding for the National Institutes of Health for better treatments...

Report details nationwide cancer rates, and what Ky. can do to better support patients, those at risk

Every two and a half minutes someone in the United States will be diagnosed with lung cancer. The American Lung Association’s inaugural Lung Force “State of Lung Cancer” report is the first time that these national and state lung cancer statistics have been analyzed in one report to show how the toll of lung cancer varies across the country, and how Kentucky can do more to protect their residents...

Report finds Kentucky spends just 4.6 percent of 1998 settlement funds on tobacco prevention

“Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 19 Years Later,” released Tuesday, finds that states continue to spend only a small percentage of the revenues from the 1998 settlement and tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco use. According to the authors, no state currently funds tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the CDC-recommended level. Kentucky...

Patient Advocates work to educate Kentuckians on tobacco cessation during “Kick It, Kentucky!” week

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and 26 other leading health organizations are offering support to those Kentuckians looking to quit tobacco as part of the first-ever Kick It, Kentucky! week. ACS CAN and a broad coalition of advocacy organizations and health systems from around the state, including the American Lung Association, Baptist Health, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,...

American Lung Association launches new Ad Council campaign on lifesaving cancer screening

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men, and according to the American Lung Association, the new availability of lung cancer screening for those considered at high risk can save thousands of lives. To educate the public about this breakthrough, the American Lung Association and the Ad Council launched the first-of-its-kind public service announcement campaign, “Saved By...

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...

Asthma Management: American Lung Association offers refreshers for students, teachers, nurses

For the close to seven million children living with asthma, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness, with more than 10 million lost school days every year. With better asthma management,...

Kentucky leads nation in health-care cost per smoker according to personal finance website

With Tobacco-Free Awareness Week reminding us of the societal and economic costs of smoking, which total more than $320 billion a year and rising, the personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on The True Cost of Smoking by State. To encourage the more than 66 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the dangerous habit, WalletHub’s analysts calculated the potential monetary losses...