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Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley region has some of the country’s highest rates of smoking -- and smoking related disease. Kentucky has been called the country’s “cancer capital.” And teens smoke more in Kentucky and West Virginia than anywhere else in the America. But one teen from tobacco country who’s part of a new push to solve the region’s original addiction crisis.  

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A renewed effort to get people to quit smoking in Kentucky is launching Wednesday in Frankfort. Led by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Baptist Health, at the top of the coalition’s to-do list is to raise the cigarette tax to $1.60 a pack. That’s a $1 increase over the current rate.

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A new program is aimed at making it easier for Owensboro residents to quit smoking. The plan will provide nicotine supplies for free to those interested.

New Kentucky Law Aims to Help More Smokers Kick the Habit

Jul 5, 2017
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Kentucky smokers now have greater access to resources that can help them kick the habit.

It's a public health problem that spans the globe.

It kills close to 6 million people a year.

Teenagers are at risk.

It's not the latest epidemic or chronic disease.

It's the cigarette.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control looks at rates of smoking among 13- to 15-year-olds (most smokers start in adolescence) and how they feel about it, with a nod to the kinds of measures that work to cut rates of teen smoking.

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A new poll shows growing support for a statewide ban on smoking in most public places, despite Kentucky having the highest rate of smokers in the nation.

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Kentucky has ranked first in the country in deaths from lung cancer for years, and about a third of those deaths were related to smoking, according to a 2016 study released by the American Cancer Society.

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House Speaker Jeff Hoover says a bill that would ban all tobacco products at public school campuses likely will not pass this year. 

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The Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would ban tobacco products on public school property in Kentucky and at school-sponsored activities.

It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s

Nov 30, 2016

Older people who smoke may think there's no reason to give up the habit. After all, hasn't the damage to their bodies already been done?

But it turns out there's a benefit to quitting even later in life. Research published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that older adults who quit smoking in their 60s had a lower chance of dying in the years that followed than contemporaries who kept smoking.

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