Clark County

Total Population, 2012
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Kentucky Health Facts:

313,914,040 4,380,415 35,787
Percent of Adults who Smoke, 2008-2010
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Kentucky Health Facts:

* Data for counties with fewer than 50 respondents have been suppressed.

N/A 27% 42%
Percent of High School Students who Smoke, 2007
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Kentucky Health Facts:

23% 25% 24%
Percent of Births to Mothers who Smoked During Pregnancy, 2009
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KIDS COUNT Data Center:

10% 24% 30%
Percent of Adults with Asthma, 2008-2010
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Kentucky Health Facts:

* Data for counties with fewer than 50 respondents have been suppressed.?

N/A 13% 12%
Heart Disease Death Rate (per 100,000), 2003-2007
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Kentucky Health Facts:

N/A 224.0 214.4
Cancer Death Rate (per 100,000), 2006-2010
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Kentucky Health Facts:

202.0 207.0 192.0
Lung/Bronchus Cancer Death Rate (per 100,000), 2006-2010
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Kentucky Health Facts:

55.0 73.0 65.0
Oral Cavity & Pharynx Cancer Incidence Rate (per 100,000), 2006-2010
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National Cancer Institute:

* Data has been suppressed to ensure confidentiality and stability of rate estimates. Counts are suppressed if fewer than 16 cases were reported in a specific area-sex-race category.

10.8 13 14.2
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Clark County Regulation

Type of Law: 100% Smoke-free Workplaces and Enclosed Public Places (Board of Health Clean Indoor Air Regulation). All enclosed public places and places of employment including but not limited to public transportation vehicles and facilities, and sports areas including within 20 feet of all bleachers, grandstands, or other seating areas.

Where Smoking is Not Prohibited: Private residences except when used as licensed childcare, adult day care or health care facility; hotel and motel rooms that are rented to guests and are designated smoking rooms; retail tobacco stores; private clubs that have no employees and only when members of the public are not present; outdoor areas of places of employment except service lines, sports areas, or areas within a reasonable distance of entrances, windows, or ventilation systems.

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Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Woodford, Clark, Madison Counties Remain Smoke-Free

Three counties in Kentucky with unenforceable smoking bans continue to be smoke-free by the people’s choice.


Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down County Health Board Bans on Smoking in Public Places

KY FORWARD | AL CROSS | JUNE 23, 2014 County health boards in Kentucky do not have the power to ban smoking in public places, the Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled without dissent. The decision was a stiff blow to health officials who see smoking as the primary factor in making Kentucky one of the least healthy states, and have sought state and local smoking bans to limit exposure to second-hand smoke.


Enacting Smoking Ban Means Respecting Heritage of Tobacco, Health Directors Say

THE LANE REPORT | MELISSA PATRICK | JANUARY 15, 2014 The toughest challenge in passing a local smoking ban is ensuring that some in the community don’t see it as a personal attack on their livelihood, character or heritage, said two public-health directors who succeeded in the effort.


Clark campus tobacco free

THE WINCHESTER SUN | CASEY CASTLE | AUGUST 14, 2013 – As of Monday, the Winchester-Clark County campus of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College System officially became tobacco-free.


On Kick Butts Day, Bourbon County Students Rally Seeking Smoking Ban

HERALD-LEADER | MARY MEEHAN | MARCH 20, 2013 PARIS — Cyndi Steele stood clapping and hollering, encouraging the students who rallied Wednesday on the courthouse lawn proclaiming their desire for Bourbon County to go smoke free. For two years Steele, health coordinator for the Bourbon County Health Department, and a volunteer task force have been promoting a smoke-free ordinance in Bourbon County, at one time the largest tobacco-producing county in the state.


Health Board Supports Bullitt County Defense of Smoking Ban

THE RICHMOND REGISTER | BILL ROBINSON | DECEMBER 15, 2011 | The Madison County Health Board is adding its name to a friend-of-court brief in support of the Bullitt County Health Department’s appeal of a judge’s ruling against its smoking ban. In mid-September, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress voided the Bullitt County Health Board’s smoking ban less that a week before it took effect.


Smoke-free Advocates in Bourbon Push for Smoking Ban

HERALD-LEADER | GREG KOCHER | NOVEMBER 21, 2011 | As cigarettes dangled from their mouths, Rodney Harney and Chuck Newberry played a friendly game of nine ball in Bluegrass Billiards. Over the pulsing beat of back-to-back Grand Funk Railroad hits I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home and Some Kind of Wonderful, they talked about the prospect of a smoking ban that appears likely to be proposed for Bourbon County next year.


Kentucky Lawmaker To Propose Statewide Smoking Ban

COURIER-JOURNAL.COM | DEBORAH YETTER | OCTOBER 20, 2011 | Backed by a coalition of health and anti-smoking groups, Rep. Susan Westrom said Wednesday that she plans to file a bill for the 2012 legislative session to enact a statewide smoking ban in public places. Testifying before the interim joint Health and Welfare Committee, the Lexington Democrat said she believes it’s time for lawmakers to adopt a statewide law similar to ordinances already enacted in some localities, including Louisville and Lexington.


Clark Helps Fund Bullitt Smoking Ban Appeal

THE WINCHESTER SUN | RACHEL PARSONS | SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 | The Clark County Board of Health will support the Bullitt County Board of Health as it appeals a Bullitt Circuit Court decision ruling a county-wide indoor smoking ban unconstitutional. Local board members voted to provide the Bullitt board with $5,000 from money received from the University of Kentucky for consulting services provided by Health Department Director Scott Lockard.


Judge’s Ruling On Smoking Ban Could Have Local Impact

THE RICHMOND REGISTER | KELLY McKENNEY | SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 | A ruling made earlier this month by a Bullitt Circuit judge could have implications for communities across the state, including Madison County. Judge Rodney Burress overturned a county-wide indoor smoking ban, saying the county board of health had no constitutional authority to enact the prohibition it passed March 23.