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Nearly 1.2 million public housing units would need to become "entirely smoke-free" under a new rule put forth Thursday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

The proposed rule would give more than 3,100 public housing agencies 18 months to ban cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all living units, indoor common areas and within 25 feet of buildings. The ban would also apply to administrative offices.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered a major tobacco company to stop selling several types of cigarettes.

The FDA on Tuesday ordered the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to stop selling four products: Camel Bold Crush, Vantage Tech 13 and the regular and menthol versions of Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter cigarettes.

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More Kentuckians are insured, protected from second-hand smoke and making healthier lifestyle choices, according to a recently released preliminary report on Gov. Steve Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative.

The U.S. adult smoking rate is at an all-time low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Even still, Kentucky's smoking rate remains high compared to the rest of the U.S., and state organizations continue to try to gain support for a statewide smoking ban.

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Owensboro's new smoking ban takes effect Wednesday. The ordinance bans smoking in public spaces like restaurants, stores, and city parks among others.

Smoking Ban: 'Uphill Battle' in Kentucky House

Feb 26, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) says that mustering legislative support for a bill that would ban smoking in private businesses and public areas is “an uphill battle.”

The House sponsor of a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban hopes to see a floor vote this week.  But, as Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson reports, proponents realize the measure still faces opposition.

Statewide Smoking Ban Moving in Kentucky Legislature

Feb 7, 2014

A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the commonwealth.

The House Health & Welfare Committee voted 10-3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.

Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address focused on reinvesting in education and tax reform in addition to praising Kentucky's state health exchange, kynect. Below are responses to that address from both Republican and Democratic legislators who responded to calls.


Rep. Myron Dossett took issue with Beshear's praise of kynect, saying the state health exchange had added many people to Medicaid rolls that the commonwealth is already struggling to pay. He is also concerned with expanding gambling.

Dossett was pleased to hear discussion about tax reform, but he wants a straight sales tax that would eliminate the state income tax.

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A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians are now in support a statewide smoking ban. 

The poll released Thursday was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  The data shows that 65%, or roughly two/thirds, of Kentucky adults favor a statewide smoke-free law, up 6 points from last year, and 17 points from four years ago.