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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...

New KIDS COUNT data ranks Kentucky 34th in nation in overall child well-being; gains in health, economics

Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county-level data, will be released in November. “Every year, the Data Book offers us a clear choice,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “Do...

Study: Kentucky kids have more access to oral health care, but still have poor outcome

By Melissa Patrick and Traci Thomas Kentucky Health News The oral health of Kentucky’s school children is getting worse, even though access to oral health care is better now than it was 15 years ago, says a study by Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates. The report, “Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth,” is the first oral health study...

Kids Count report of child well-being in Kentucky shows impact of traumatic events

One of every five children in Kentucky, by the time they are 5 years old, has experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse, economic hardship, exposure to violence, living in a household with mental illness or substance abuse, or where a family member has been incarcerated.   That is one of the major points of the 24th annual Kids Count report, released by Kentucky...