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Vast majority of Kentucky school districts adopt tobacco-free polices, ahead of law with opt-out provision

Only 24 of Kentucky’s 172 school districts, or 14 percent, have not passed a tobacco-free policy that mirrors a new state law that will take effect next July 1, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which says more districts are expected to enact the policy soon. The law gives districts the ability to opt out of the law during its first three years, but it seems to have prompted...

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...