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Great American Smokeout this Thursday; advocates call for action to prevent tobacco addiction

Cancer patients and survivors are marking the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 45th annual Great American Smokeout this Thursday by calling on state lawmakers to protect the health of Kentucky residents by passing strong tobacco control legislation. As the battle with COVID-19 continues, we must do everything in our power to keep our communities healthy and safe—which means building strong public...

Cancer-fighting advocates mark Great American Smokeout, call for action to prevent tobacco addiction

Cancer patients and survivors will mark the American Cancer Society’s 44th annual Great American Smokeout today by calling on the General Assembly to protect the health of Kentucky residents by passing strong tobacco control legislation, including increased funding to go toward tobacco control programs. The effort to combat tobacco addiction comes at a critical moment, as Big Tobacco has now succeeded...

Today is the Great American Smokeout — time to do the single best thing for your health: Quit smoking

By Audrey Danville University of Kentucky Quitting tobacco is the single best thing a person can do for their health and wellbeing. On any given day, about half of the tobacco users think about quitting using willpower alone. In fact, trying to quit “cold turkey” has a poor success rate, with only five out of 100 people quitting when only relying on willpower. Today’s The Great American...

Time to Quit: Annual observance of Great American Smokeout set for Thursday

If you’re one of the approximately 1 million Kentucky adults who smoke, and are in the majority who say they’d like to quit, the Great American Smokeout may be for you. It is Thursday, Nov. 17. The annual event, promoted by the American Cancer Society, doesn’t necessarily ask smokers to quit on that day. It encourages them to make a plan to quit, and quit smoking on a certain day....

Governor puts total ban on tobacco products on all state property beginning in November

Citing Kentucky’s continued worst state ranking in smoking and cancer deaths, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today that all executive branch state property campuses will be tobacco-free effective Nov. 20 – the day of the Great American Smokeout.   That means no cigarettes, tobacco products or e-cigarettes may be used in state-owned or leased buildings, in state-owned vehicles or on state property...