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UofL researchers part of $17 million investment to fast-track studies on effects of vaping, nicotine

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville The American Heart Association is investing nearly $17 million to fund a two-year research initiative, ENACT (End Nicotine Addiction in Children and Teens), led by a national network of scientists focusing on the health impacts of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery systems on youth and young adults. As part of this network, researchers at the University...

Vaping and mental health are key concerns for Kentucky students in latest risk behavior survey

From Kentucky Teacher Based on the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, middle and high school students in the state are using electronic vaping products much more than they were in 2017. The percentage of middle school students who ever used an electronic vapor product increased from 15.1% in 2017 to 31.4% in 2019. A significant increase also occurred among high school students...

This week at the Capitol: Honoring Charles Young during Black History month, bills advance

By Robert Weber Legislative Research Commission Highlights of the legislative week typically occur in the historic Senate and House chambers, but this past week the Capitol Rotunda was the scene of an unforgettable moment for many in the statehouse. Those attending the annual Black History Celebration, hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus, recognized a military hero who achieved great success but...

FDA finalizes enforcement of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes that appeal to children

Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized...

Commerce Lexington releases legislative agenda in preparation for 60-day regular legislative session

Commerce Lexington Inc. has released its legislative agenda developed by the Public Policy Council and aimed at improving Kentucky’s business climate. The group’s advocacy position statements guide the organization’s advocacy efforts for the year.    Click to access full reportReview the 2020 LEGISLATIVE FOCUS to learn about issues Commerce Lexington Inc. will be tracking on behalf...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recap of 2019 health threats and responses

From an outbreak of mysterious lung-injury deaths to America’s near loss of measles elimination status, the beginning of the end of the U.S. HIV epidemic to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), CDC worked around the clock – and around the globe – to protect Americans from domestic and global health threats in 2019. Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest health...

Senators McConnell, Kaine secure legislation to increase age to purchase tobacco products to 21

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced that he successfully secured the Tobacco-Free Youth Act in the Fiscal Year 2020 government agreement. The legislation, which he introduced earlier this year with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21 and help protect young...

Department for Public Health launches free service to help Kentucky teens stop vaping, smoking

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is launching a free service aimed at helping teens quit vaping, smoking, and using other tobacco products. The service is called My Life, My Quit and began across the state Nov. 12. Teenagers who want to stop using e-cigarettes or other tobacco products can text or call the toll-free My Life, My Quit number: 1-855-891-9989. They will then be connected...

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Kentucky Health officials urge caution regarding vaping as reported cases of severe lung injury rise

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) continues to monitor and investigate a growing number of cases of severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette use or vaping. DPH is working closely with healthcare providers, local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Food & Drug Administration and other states to gather information about this outbreak. “As...

State begins tracking possible cases of severe pulmonary disease related to vaping

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working closely with health care providers, local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to gather information and investigate severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette product use or vaping, primarily among adolescents and young adults. “While there have no reported...

Kentucky Teacher: Taking on electronic cigarettes, students join forces to stop the epidemic

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky teacher E-cigs. E-vape. E-hookah. Electronic cigarettes may have many aliases, but it can’t hide from the alarming statistics. According to the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention 2018 statewide trends report, electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, the only grades that were included in the survey, from 2016 to...

Joe Camel was forced out of ads nearly 50 years ago, so why is Juul allowed on television?

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Why does e-cigarette maker Juul advertise its product on TV when cigarette ads are banned? The short answer: Because it can. For nearly 50 years, cigarette advertising has been banned from TV and radio. But electronic cigarettes — those battery-operated devices that often resemble oversized USB flash drives with flavored nicotine “pods” that clip in on the...

Healthy Headlines: Vaping, JUULing, e-Cigarettes — by any name they pose a real danger to children

e-Cigarettes have been around since 2006, and by that name most people assume there is nicotine in the product. They are also easy to spot when people use them—they look like a fake cigarette or pipe and produce a noticeable cloud of vapor. Which is why the term vaping is used to describe them. JUULing is a newer form of e-Cigarettes that came on the market in 2017. JUUL is popular among middle...

Oldham County Schools reports finding ‘edibles’ (a gummy candy with drugs) at school for first time ever

Oldham County Schools said for the first time in school history students were caught with edibles at school, The Oldham Era reported. Edibles are “designed to look like gummy candy, edibles frequently contain synthetic THC or other substances. These are also easily concealed and difficult to detect,” according to board documents. The director of student services at Oldham County Schools, Jonathan...

Julie Raque Adams: Vaping, a trend among nation’s youths, is really a public health epidemic

If you’re a mom like me, you’re likely alarmed over the recent spike in vaping among teens. Unfortunately, vaping has become a trend for our youth. But as parents, we know it’s really a public health epidemic. Here in Kentucky, almost half of high school students — with developing brains that are extremely vulnerable to harmful nicotine — have tried vaping. As the Kentucky Senate...

‘I Just Didn’t Know’: KY students share what they’ve learned about dangers of e-cigarettes for youth

A Kentucky peer education campaign is designed to debunk the false beliefs held by many adolescents and teens that using e-cigarettes is either harmless or at least healthier for them than smoking. The I Just Didn’t Know campaign, developed by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, includes public service announcements featuring Kentucky students sharing what they’ve learned about the...

American Lung Association report finds Kentucky must do more to prevent, reduce tobacco use

Tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease, taking an estimated 480,000 lives every year. Kentucky’s tobacco prevention and cessation funding. *Source: the American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report (click to enlarge). This year’s “State of Tobacco Control” report from the American Lung Association finds Kentucky earned nearly across-the-board...

Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow set to outline troubling increase in e-cigarette use among teens

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Health groups in Kentucky say teens in the state have the wrong idea when it comes to the safety of e-cigarettes. Ben Chandler with Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow said 1-in-5 high school students uses e-cigarettes – also called vaping. That’s a 78 percent increase in the past year. With flavors like bubble gum and cotton candy, health experts believe...

Health Policy Forum: Medical marijuana has some health benefits, but there are adverse risks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Research shows conclusively that medical marijuana has some health benefits, but also comes with some adverse risks that would likely be exacerbated by the increasing potency of the plants, and some think a medical marijuana law in Kentucky would be a “Trojan horse” for recreational use. Meanwhile, teen vaping of high-potency marijuana products is...