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KHIP: 39 percent of Kentucky smokers cut back after cigarette tax increase took effect in July

Half of Kentucky’s adult smokers say they smoked fewer cigarettes, or that they considered or tried to quit smoking, following the cigarette excise tax increase that went into effect July 1, 2018. “The cigarette tax increase is changing thinking and behavior about smoking in Kentucky,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which released a...

Support for Health Care Law remains steady in Kentucky; attitudes vary by political affiliation

More Kentucky adults have positive opinions about the Affordable Care Act than negative, according to the 2018 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). The survey, sponsored by Interact for Health and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, found that 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (44%) view the law favorably, compared with more than 3 in 10 (33%) who said they view the legislation unfavorably. An additional 2 in...

Your Health: This holiday season, invest in building strong relationships — important to improved health

By Dr. O’Dell Owens Interact for Health This is the time of year when we want to show our friends and family how much we care about them. As you make your to-do list and look at your budget, consider the gift of your time. Dr. O’Dell Owens One way to build strong relationships with children and adults is to show that we enjoy being with them. Set aside time for activities to do together,...

New KHIP poll shows majority of Kentuckians have gotten a flu shot; have you had one yet?

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot in the last 12 months, you’re in the minority in Kentucky. What’s more, you’re putting both yourself and those around you at risk for serious flu complications. According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll report released today, 54 percent of Kentucky adults got a flu vaccine in the past 12 months. The majority of those who didn’t get a...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: 80 percent of Ky. adults favor court-mandated treatment for drug offenders

Eight out of 10 Kentucky adults favor court-mandated treatment programs for individuals with first or second drug offenses, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Among polled adults, those with more education were more likely to report support of treatment programs, which can be ordered in place of or in addition to incarceration. KHIP, an annual opinion poll of Kentucky adults,...

KHIP: Historic shift in perceptions and most Kentucky adults now believe addiction is a disease

The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%).  Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems as a result of heroin use, methamphetamine use, or prescription drug use and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Most Kentuckians say childhood obesity is a serious problem

More than 90 percent of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a problem in the Commonwealth, with 56 percent characterizing it as a serious problem, according to the latest report from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Only 6 percent say childhood obesity is not a problem. Thirty-four percent of Kentucky children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the Data Resource Center...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: One in four Kentucky adults concerned about losing health insurance

Click for larger image Twenty-four percent of Kentucky adults ages 18-64 are concerned they may lose their health coverage, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Due in part to Medicaid expansion, public insurance coverage has increased from 29 percent in 2016 to 35 percent in 2017, but 15 percent of Kentucky adults have no health coverage and an additional 6 percent currently...

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky adults want schools tobacco-free, will this be the year for a statewide law?

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most Kentucky adults, by far, want schools to be tobacco-free — and bills to do just that have been introduced in the Senate and the House. The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, taken Oct. 24 to Dec. 2, found that 87 percent of Kentucky adults favor tobacco-free campuses. Support was strong across party lines, with 89 percent of Democrats, 87 percent...

Heroin use continues to increase in Kentucky; all regions affected by opioid abuse, KHIP report shows

Heroin use has increased in Kentucky and opioid abuse remains high, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report, released Tuesday. Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky adults say they know someone who has abused prescription pain medication; 17 percent know someone who is using heroin, up from 9 percent in 2013. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows support for statewide smoke-free law increases to 71 percent

After three years of holding steady at about 66 percent, support for a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law among adults queried in the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) jumped five points over the past year to 71 percent. That’s an upsurge of 17 points since 2011, when KHIP first asked this question. Opposition to such a measure fell 6 points in just the last year, from 31 percent to...

KHIP poll finds 22 percent of Kentucky adults say they delay or forgo health care due to the cost

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two in 10 Kentucky adults continue to report that someone in their household has delayed or skipped needed medical care because of cost, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey found that such struggles are greatest for the poor, people with the poorest health, and those without health insurance. The poll, taken from Sept. 11 to Oct. 19,...

Younger and low-income adults most likely to sample e-cigarettes, Kentucky Health Issues poll shows

Despite federal government and health professional’s warnings that e-cigarettes, or “e-smoking,” can be harmful, nearly 40 percent of adults ages 18-45 in Kentucky have tried an e-cig, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Kentuckians with lower incomes also were about 74 percent more likely to have tried vaping than those with higher incomes. More than 60 percent...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Obesity, insurance, cancer among top concerns for all ages in 2016

Obesity, cancer and problems with health insurance or health care comprise three of the top four issues Kentucky adults think are the most important health concerns facing men, women and children in the Commonwealth, according to the first report of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) to be released this year. Hunger and malnutrition was the other top-four issue for children, while heart disease...

Health Issues Poll shows two in ten Kentuckians delay or go without medical care due to costs

Even with health insurance, medical care can be expensive. According to information released by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in 2015 two in 10 Kentucky adults (20 percent) had delayed or gone without medical care in the previous year due to cost. This is about the same as in 2014 (22 percent). However, it is much lower than in 2009, when 32 percent of adults said...

Poll: Large majority of Kentuckians want schools to be tobacco free, but less than a third comply

An overwhelming majority of Kentucky adults, 85 percent, want schools to be tobacco-free, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. But only 28 percent of the state’s school districts have “protected students, staff members, teachers and guests from secondhand smoke by enacting 100 percent tobacco-free school policies,” says a press release from Interact for Health, which...

KHIP study shows when it comes to keeping healthy — we are our own problem

There are many ways to assess a person’s health. One way is to ask people to evaluate their own health. In 2015, 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (43 percent) reported that their health was excellent or very good. Fewer than 3 in 10 (26 percent) said that their health was good. However, 31 percent of adults said their health was fair or poor. These percentages are about the same as in 2014. Research has...

Issues Poll shows most Kentuckians in favor of increasing minimum wage to $10.10 an hour

According to information released by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, nearly 7 in 10 Kentucky adults (68 percent) favor increasing the minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 per hour. Results are from the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). The current minimum wage in Kentucky for most workers is $7.25 per hour. This is about $15,000 per year for a full-time employee....

A fourth of Kentucky adults say they have tried e-cigarettes, Health Issues Poll finds

  Kentucky Health News   More than four in 10 Kentucky adults under age 30 have tried electronic cigarettes, and the older and better off economically Kentuckians are, the less likely they are to have tried them. Overall, one-fourth of Kentucky adults and 60 percent of current smokers have tried the devices.   Those are major findings of the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, which...

Two-thirds of Kentuckians want statewide smoking ban; Stumbo says it’s time for vote

Kentucky Health News   Kentuckians have remained steady in their support for a comprehensive statewide smoking ban with two-thirds supporting it, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Hours after the poll was released, state House Speaker Greg Stumbo said it is time for a House floor vote on the proposal.   The poll, taken Oct. 8 through Nov. 6, found that 66 percent of adults...