Category Archives: Cessation

High School Athletes Using More Smokeless Tobacco, Though Overall Tobacco Use Among Teens is Down

NORTHERN KENTUCKY TRIBUNE | KENTUCKY HEALTH NEWS | OCTOBER 20, 2015 High-school athletes are using more smokeless tobacco, even though overall tobacco use among high-school students has declined, according to a study published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nursing Faculty Awarded Grant to Study e-cigs Effects in Pregnant Women

UKNOW | ELIZABETH ADAMS | OCTOBER 5, 2015 The U.S. has the largest and fastest growing market for e-cigs, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. However, no data exists regarding the health effects of e-cigs on pregnant women or their babies.

Louisville Health Department Offering Free Stop-smoking Classes

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WDRB | RACHEL COLLIER | SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 Ever wanted to kick the habit? Now you can stop smoking for free. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free stop-smoking classes.

Smoking Rate in U.S. Drops to 15 percent

KENTUCKY NEW ERA | LAUREN DUNCAN | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 The national smoking rate among adults has reached an all-time low since anti-smoking efforts began decades ago, according to a report this week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2015, an Estimated 221,200 Americans will be Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

HERALD-LEADER | OP-ED | AUGUST 31, 2015 In the early 1900s, lung cancer was extremely rare. Rates of lung cancer increased dramatically in the 1930s after the introduction of cigarettes. Smoking was found to be directly linked to lung cancer in studies as early as the 1950s.

Preventive health services up sharply in Kentucky

FLOYD COUNTY TIMES | AUGUST 6, 2015 The number of Kentuckians receiving preventive health services has risen dramatically since Medicaid expansion took effect in late 2013, new data from the state Department of Medicaid Services (DMS) show.

The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia

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NEWSWEEK | JESSICA WAPNER | JULY 19, 2015 Seen from above, the Appalachian Mountains jut from the earth like a spine curving through the eastern U.S., reaching north into Canada and south into Mississippi. A closer listen reveals other, more disconcerting noises: the raspy voices, heavy wheezing and sighs of resignation that so frequently accompany a diagnosis of lung cancer.

Commentary | More Needed for Tobacco Education

THE COURIER-JOURNAL | JANIE HEATH AND ELLEN HAHN | JULY 13, 2015 The health of Kentucky continues to make headline news with smoking prevalence rates among the highest in the United States.

Study: Historical Barricades to Health in Tobacco-Growing States

KENTUCKY AG CONNECTION | JULY 9, 2015 The major tobacco-growing states lag behind the rest of the nation in adopting measures effective in reducing tobacco use. Consequently, these five states — Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee — are disproportionately affected by tobacco-related disease, the leading cause of preventable death.

Radon Heightens Dangers

BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS | CHARLES MASON | JUNE 23, 2015 The colorless and tasteless gas radon, combined with a cigarette, can be deadly, officials said.