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Department for Public Health promotes free text service to help young Kentuckians quit vaping

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), encourages teens and young adults who want to quit vaping to get free help from This Is Quitting, a nationwide texting service. CHFS and DPH officials say cessation services such as This Is Quitting are critical for young people and emphasized that many will be impacted by the recent federal law...

E-cigarette users need to watch for symptoms of lung injury, seek medical care immediately if detected

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News If you use electronic cigarettes, contrary to current warnings, it’s important to watch for symptoms of lung injury, and to immediately seek medical care if you have any of them: cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or abdominal pain. That was one of the main messages on a Nov. 1 “Lung Injury with Vaping”...

Youth smoking rate in Kentucky reaches historic low; sees 10 percent decline over past decade

Kentucky’s youth smoking prevalence is at a historic low, dropping nearly 10 percentage points over the past decade. Current smoking among Kentucky high school students is 16.9 percent, down from 26.2 percent just 10 years ago, according to the 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Officials from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) attribute the decrease, in part, to its tobacco free...

Less than one-third of Kentucky schools have comprehensive tobacco-free policies, study shows

Though an overwhelming majority of Kentucky adults say they want schools to be tobacco-free, fewer than half of the state’s students and less than one-third of its school districts are covered by such local policies. Among Kentucky’s 173 school districts, 54, or 31 percent, have 100 percent tobacco-free school policies, protecting 46 percent of the state’s children. The latest Kentucky...