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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...

Greater Lexington ‘snapshot’ provides insight into citizens’ views on important health issues

  In Fall 2013, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health (formerly The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati) sponsored the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, a telephone survey to find out what Kentuckians think about various health issues that impact local communities, the state, and the entire nation. The findings are broken down into regional reports, which were just released....