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Senators McConnell, Kaine introduce bipartisan Tobbaco-Free Youth Act, raising to age 21 to buy

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) have introduced the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21. As senators from two states with a long history of tobacco production and consumption, Senators McConnell and Kaine have seen the negative...

Sen. McConnell aims to sponsor legislation making 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in all states

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to make 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in every state – a change that 12 states have recently adopted, but one that failed to pass the Kentucky legislature this year. McConnell said at a Louisville news conference that his move was prompted by the epidemic...

Kentucky kids will kick butts – and Juul – on March 20 as part of nationwide Kick Butts Day

Kids in Kentucky will unite against tobacco use on March 20 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day, an annual day of youth activism organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored in Kentucky by Interact for Health. More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States (see below for a list of local events). This year, kids are focused on kicking...

Advertising campaign for cigarette-tax hike will remind Kentuckians of the damage done by smoking

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentuckians will be reminded of their state’s suffering from smoking in a way not seen before, a $100,000 advertising campaign advocating a $1-a-pack increase in the state cigarette tax. Television commercials, billboards, digital media and print ads from the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow use health concerns as the reason to raise the 60-cent tax to $1.60,...

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...

Coalition for a Smoke-Free Kentucky releases Infographic illustrating high cost of smoking

Kentucky spends $1.92 billion every year on health care costs related to smoking, according to a new infographic released by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow. The infographic makes the case for raising the state’s current tax on cigarettes by at least $1 per pack, which would raise $266.2 million a year in revenue that the Commonwealth could use for health care, pensions or other needs. Created...

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,...

Paris teen is ‘changing minds, getting results’ in anti-smoking push; receives national honor

Tyler Boyle has been a fierce advocate for a smoking ban in Bourbon County. His efforts were recognized recently by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.   Tyler Boyle, a senior at Bourbon County High School in Paris and president of the school’s Students Making a Change in the Community, has received national recognition for his efforts to push a smoking ban in Bourbon County.   The...

Paris teen is 'changing minds, getting results' in anti-smoking push; receives national honor

Tyler Boyle has been a fierce advocate for a smoking ban in Bourbon County. His efforts were recognized recently by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.   Tyler Boyle, a senior at Bourbon County High School in Paris and president of the school’s Students Making a Change in the Community, has received national recognition for his efforts to push a smoking ban in Bourbon County.   The...

Bourbon County, Paris students will take part in national 'Kick Butts Day' campaign

Bourbon County students are taking a stand against smoking as part of Kick Butts Day, a national youth movement, on Wednesday, March 20. Students from Bourbon County and Paris Independent School Districts will display 13 hearts on the Courthouse Lawn to represent the 13 heart attacks a year that could be prevented in the county with a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance.   The students...