Category Archives: Heart Disease

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.

Health Department Survey Shows Majority Want Tobacco Free Schools

CLINTON COUNTY NEWS | JUNE 2015 Results from a recent survey conducted by the Clinton County Health Department are in, and the results are perhaps surprising to some, considering the rate of tobacco usage in the county and Kentucky.

Advocates Fear Letter from KACo to Counties Could Hurt Local Smoke-free Efforts

LEXINGTON-HERALD LEADER | BILL ESTEP | MAY 10, 2015 Health advocates are concerned that efforts to pass local ordinances against smoking in public buildings could be undercut by an insurer’s letter warning counties of potential rate increases if they get sued over such measures.

Ky. Faces Obstacles on its Roadmap Toward Improved Health

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER | OP-ED | MAY 5, 2015 Kentuckians are generally unhealthy, but with so many problems, where do we begin?

Knox County Health Officials Want Smoking Ban in Barbourville

WYMT | ANGELA SPARKMAN | FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Some Knox County Health Department officials want to stop smoking in public buildings. Health officials are asking the Barbourville City Council to create a smoking ban ordinance.

Why I Support a Statewide Smoke-Free Law

SMOKE FREE KENTUCKY | JULY 3, 2012 Watch this series of videos on YouTube and learn why many Kentucky citizens support a statewide smoke-free law.

Kentucky Kids ‘Kick Butts’ on March 21

PRNEWSWIRE-USNEWSWIRE | CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS | MARCH 19, 2012 | State Leaders Urged to Support Tobacco Prevention Initiatives. Kids in Kentucky will take center stage in the fight against tobacco on March 21 as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 17th annual Kick Butts Day.

Ky. Voices: Smoke-free Laws Hallmark of Civil, Tolerant Society

LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER | ELLEN J. HAHN | MARCH 19, 2012 | University of Kentucky professor John Garen missed the point in his recent commentary. Do civil, tolerant societies look the other way when people are suffering from painful, costly disease and early death, especially when there are inexpensive, common sense ways to prevent it?

Kentucky House Panel Approves Statewide Smoking Ban

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER | BETH MUSGRAVE | MARCH 14, 2012 | Smoking would be banned in all public places and indoor workplaces in Kentucky under a bill approved Tuesday by a House committee, but a sponsor of the bill said it was unlikely to become law this year. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 10-2 to approve House Bill 289 at a special meeting Tuesday. It now goes to the full House.

Smoking Ban Debate Continues in Kentucky

JACQUELINE SPRAGUE | WTVQ | MARCH 13, 2012 | “It’s really not about the smoker. It’s about the second-hand smoke that comes off of a cigarette or a cigar and we just believe it’s an unnecessary health risk,” says Tonya Chang. Chang is the Kentucky Director of Government Relations with the American Heart Association.