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Kentucky is the 47th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a United Health Foundation report released Thursday.

The state's low marks were attributed to a high prevalence of smoking, a high percentage of childhood poverty and a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, the report said.

Mississippi ranked 50th, followed by Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Hawaii topped the list as the healthiest state in the country. Indiana ranked 37th.

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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A new report shows Kentucky continues to make strides in reducing the number of babies born premature.  Just over 12 percent of babies in the state last year were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, which was an improvement for the 7th year in a row. 

The commonwealth earned a “C” on the latest report card from the March of Dimes. Only a few years ago, the state was failing.  Katrina Smith with the Kentucky March of Dimes Chapter credits the improvement to better education.

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Significantly fewer Kentucky  teens are smoking according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2011 the CDC found nearly a quarter of high school students in the state used cigarettes but in its most recent report that number dropped to nearly 18 percent. The decline moves Kentucky from the state with the highest rate of teen smokers to the sixth highest.

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According to a new poll, doctors in western Kentucky don’t ask their patients who are smokers if they would like to kick the habit as often as other physicians in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Health Issues Poll found 58 percent of all Kentucky smokers were asked by their doctor if they would like information on quitting. The foundation’s  President Susan Zepeda says in western Kentucky the amount dropped to 45 percent.

American Lung Association Report Gives Kentucky Low Marks

Jan 23, 2014
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Kentucky received straight Fs on the 2014 “State of Tobacco Control” report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association.  The study looked at four areas including creating a smoke free environment, cigarette taxes, insurance coverage for cessation programs and tobacco prevention.

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A call for a smoking ban inside Kentucky’s workplaces and public buildings has the support of the state’s largest business organization. 

Doctors do make a difference when it comes to keeping children and teenagers from taking up tobacco. This may sound like a no-brainer, but until recently there wasn't strong evidence that anti-smoking efforts by pediatricians and other primary care doctors make a difference.

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Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda  for their cause.

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The United Health Foundation has again ranked Kentucky among the nation’s most unhealthy states. The foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings put Kentucky at 44th healthiest, the same as last year’s findings.

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