Category Archives: Health Impact

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.

Tobacco Industry Once Again Targets Youth with E-cigarettes

HERALD-LEADER | AUDREY DARVILLE | SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 In the 1970s, the U.S. Congress banned tobacco ads to protect our impressionable youth from perceiving smoking as socially desirable. Now, for the first time in decades, advertisements portraying the recreational use of tobacco products are reappearing in popular media.

Smoking Committee Makes Changes to SGA Resolution

WKU HERALD | ANNA LAWSON | SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 A smoking committee has expanded a Student Government Association resolution. SGA passed a resolution in support of a limited smoking campus last year.

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.

Blocking Other Countries’ Anti-smoking Efforts is Wrong

HERALD LEADER | OP-ED | AUGUST 30, 2015 The United States should not stand in the way of other countries trying to protect themselves from the No. 1 cause of preventable death. But that’s just what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are demanding as the Obama administration negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Lincoln Health Initiative Becomes Statewide Model

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THE ADVOCATE MESSENGER | ABIGAIL WHITEHOUSE | AUGUST 24, 2015 A recent movement named “Get Healthy Stanford/Lincoln County” was spearheaded by a local primary care physician and city councilman after he realized that inactivity, smoking and obesity are the three main creators of an unhealthy community and something he wants to change.

Health Coverage Information, Screenings Available at Kentucky State Fair

LANE REPORT | AUGUST 19, 2015 Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville from Aug. 20-30 can get updated information about Gov. Steve Beshear’s health initiatives and details about the state’s health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

Report: Improving Kentuckians’ Health will Require Increasing Education Levels and Fighting Poverty

NORTHERN KENTUCKY TRIBUNE | MELISSA PATRICK | AUGUST 17, 2015 Increased access to insurance is just one part of the equation to improve the health of Kentuckians, improving poverty and increasing education levels are disparities that must also be addressed if Kentucky ever hopes to improve the health of its citizens, a new report shows.