August 23, 2018

To improve Kentucky's health by protecting Kentuckians from secondhand smoke and other tobacco emissions, and by reducing the high rate of smoking and tobacco use in the Commonwealth.

Steering Committee:
American Heart Association American Stroke Association

American Lung Association

Baptist Health

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky


Kentucky Cancer Foundation

Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Council of Churches

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Kentucky Health Collaborative

Kentucky Health Departments Association

Kentucky Hospital Association

Kentucky Medical Association

Kentucky Nurses Association

Kentucky School Boards Association

Kentucky Voices for Health

Kentucky Youth Advocates

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Did you know?

Tobacco-Free Schools Reduce Youth Smoking:
Schools with consistently enforced tobacco-free environments are more likely to have lower rates of student smoking than comparable schools without tobacco-free policies.
Tobacco use behaviors typically are established before age 18.
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to its effects.

About three out of four teen smokers ends up smoking into adulthood, even if they intend to quit after a few years.
Just 42 percent of Kentucky school districts, which are attended by 57 percent of the state's students, have 100-percent tobacco-free policies.
See the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here. And please share this information with your networks.
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Next Generation Tobacco:
The Impact of E-Cigarettes 
on Kentucky's Future Health
SAVE THE DATE! On December 10, the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow will host a half-day conference to share with policymakers, health advocates, and influencers the latest information about e-cigarettes, vapes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) devices. The conference will zero in on usage of ENDS products in Kentucky, their impact on health, and policy recommendations for Frankfort.
The conference will be held at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's offices in the Lyndon area of Louisville; the Foundation is coordinating live-watch events in two to three additional Kentucky cities to maximize attendance.
Watch this space in the next newsletter for a list of speakers and registration information. Attendance at the conference will be FREE of charge, but registration will be REQUIRED.

Free/Low-Cost Nicotine Replacement Therapy Available to Kentuckians Trying to Quit Smoking
Kentuckians who want to quit smoking have at least two dozen sources for free and low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, such as patches, gums, lozenges and sprays, thanks to a list developed by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
NRT products are medications that help reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. They can double smokers' chances of quitting for good, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And research has shown that NRT products, which have been around for about 30 years, are safe to use for almost all adults without first consulting a doctor. Only pregnant women, teens and people with serious health issues should talk with their doctor first.
Many local Kentucky health departments offer free NRT to those participating in the American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking" clinics or the state Quitline program. Statewide, the Kentucky smoking cessation hotline, QuitnowKY, also has limited supplies of NRT products for participants. And nationwide, the American Lung Association, Quit.now (operated by GSK, the maker of NicoDerm CQ® and Nicorette®), and Tweet 2 Quit have programs that offer free NRT. See the full list here .

Tobacco Treatment Coverage in Kentucky: A Fact Sheet for Health Care Professionals 
The Kentucky Cancer Consortium's Lung Cancer Network has developed a fact sheet to answer health care provider's questions about a 2017 law requiring health insurance to cover the cost of approved tobacco cessation programs, including nicotine replacement therapy medications. The law greatly reduces patients' barriers to comprehensive tobacco treatment. Kentuckians on a Medicaid plan or a fully funded health benefits plan are eligible for the benefit. See the fact sheet here .

Partner and Member News
3rd Annual Lung Cancer and Smoking Cessation Symposium is Sept. 14 in Morehead
An impressive line-up of speakers will address the work being done to reduce the impact of smoking-related lung cancer in Kentucky on Sept. 14 at the Center for Health Education and Research in Morehead. Hosted by the University of Kentucky and the Northeast Area Health Education Center, the symposium will provide updates on both local and s tatewide efforts. See full agenda here , and register here .

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