About Us

Sorting through the Smoke serves as a one-stop shop for individuals interested in documenting the impact of Kentucky’s high tobacco usage on the health of its residents. The website provides state and county-level data, local expert contact information, regional news coverage and resources to help tell the story behind tobacco in Kentucky.

Sorting through the smoke is a joint endeavor of the following organizations:

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) is a trusted, independent voice for Kentucky’s children. KYA’s work includes research, strategic communications, coalition building, advocacy and technical assistance in the areas of economic well-being, early childhood and K-12 education, health, safety, juvenile justice, and tax and budget.  All efforts, decisions, and activities are driven by a commitment to the organization’s vision: to make Kentucky the best place in America to be young.


Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy

Tobacco Policy Research Program (TPRP), University of Kentucky College of Nursing, is committed to the prevention and treatment of tobacco use through research, surveillance, public education, policy development, and community engagement. TPRP houses the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, a clearinghouse for technical assistance related to smoke- and tobacco-free policies. TPRP’s vision is for a healthier Kentucky through the application of research.


Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues (IRJCI) is based in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. It helps rural journalists define the public agenda in their communities through strong reporting and commentary, especially on broad issues that have a local impact but may be driven by events and actors outside the locality, including health care and community health. It publishes The Rural Blog at http://irjci.blogspot.com and Kentucky Health News at http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com.


Representatives from the  American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and Kentucky Voices for Health serve on our steering committee.

This website is made possible with funding from the American Legacy Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.