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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...

Public health researchers, geologists combine to create radon risk potential maps for state, 15 counties

University of Kentucky health researchers and geologists combined their research on radon and created a map that shows which parts of Kentucky have the highest risk of radon exposure, and most recently created maps that focus on 15 counties, according to a UK news release. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. “It is a collaboration between two disciplines that might not traditionally...

Despite Supreme Court ruling, Woodford, Clark, Madison counties remain smoke-free

  By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Three counties in Kentucky with unenforceable smoking bans continue to be smoke-free by the people’s choice.   Clark, Madison and Woodford counties have smoking bans that can’t be enforced because they are regulations of county health boards, which the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in June do not have the power to ban smoking in public...

Lexington’s first-in-state smoking ban paves the way for more than one-third of Ky. towns

More than one-third of Kentuckians are now protected by smoke-free workplace laws since Lexington became the first in the state to enact anti-smoking legislation 10 years ago.     In 2003, Lexington was not only the first in a tobacco state like Kentucky, but was also one of very few in the Midwestern and Southern United States.   Now, over half of the country has some form of smoking...

10th anniversary of Lexington smoke-free
law, first in state, celebrated at Applebee’s

On Monday, July 1, Lexington celebrates its 10th year smoke-free in restaurants and public places at where else but a restaurant – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar.   Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, Inc. which owns Applebee’s, hosts Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, State Rep. Susan Westrom, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Director...