Total Population, 2012
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

313,914,040 4,380,415 4,380,415
Percent of Adults who Smoke, 2008-2010
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

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

N/A 27% 27%
Percent of High School Students who Smoke, 2007
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

23% 25% 25%
Percent of Births to Mothers who Smoked During Pregnancy, 2009
USA Kentucky Kentucky

KIDS COUNT Data Center:

10% 24% 24%
Percent of Adults with Asthma, 2008-2010
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

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

N/A 13% 13%
Heart Disease Death Rate (per 100,000), 2003-2007
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

N/A 224.0 224.0
Cancer Death Rate (per 100,000), 2006-2010
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

202.0 207.0 207.0
Lung/Bronchus Cancer Death Rate (per 100,000), 2006-2010
USA Kentucky Kentucky

Kentucky Health Facts:

55.0 73.0 73.0
Oral Cavity & Pharynx Cancer Incidence Rate (per 100,000), 2006-2010
USA Kentucky Kentucky

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 13
USA Kentucky Kentucky
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No smoke-free laws and regulations.


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 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.


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.


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.


Kentucky Smoke-Free Advocates See Indiana Law as Cautionary Tale

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE | GREG STOTELMYER | JULY 28, 2015 Indiana has had a statewide smoking ban for three years – but it exempts bars, casinos and private clubs.