tobacco

Nicole Erwin

Last year, more than a thousand Ohio Valley farmers used a complicated federal visa program to hire some 8,000 foreign workers for seasonal jobs. Farmers say the visa program is too bureaucratic, and a bill before Congress promises to cut red tape. But labor advocates say the bill would strip guest workers of many protections in an industry where wage theft is already a problem.

On Strike: Migrant Workers On Visa Program Claim Unfair Pay

Oct 18, 2017
Elizabeth Sanders

Workers on a tobacco farm in Garrard County, Kentucky have now been on strike for over two weeks. Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports the action is part of a growing movement to organize migrant farm workers in the country on a federal visa program.

Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky via Facebook

With Kentucky struggling with health issues from lung cancer to opioid addiction, the president and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky payed a visit to the Purchase Area early this week to discuss regional wellness. Matt Markgraf speaks with former Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler about tobacco, opioids, health accessibility and politics.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Food and Drug Administration’s first proposed regulation related to smokeless tobacco is getting attention from agriculture and health officials in Kentucky. 

In recent months, some Brits have expressed their distaste for European Union regulations — a frustration that helped motivate the Brexit vote last summer.

But this weekend, new regulations on the tobacco industry came into force in the United Kingdom, and they go even further than what an EU directive required.

A manufacturer of non-cigarette tobacco products is increasing its footprint in Owensboro. 

Swedish Match opened its new $3.5 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion Tuesday at the company’s current location.  The expansion will increase product research and testing capabilities. 

Thord Hassler, Vice President for Research and Development, says despite efforts in the U.S. to discourage smoking, the use of tobacco-related products remains consistent.

"There's been a gradual shift away from cigarettes to other products," Hassler told WKU Public Radio.  "I think all in all, in the U.S., there's a slight decline year by year, but it's very slow."

The expansion of the company’s research and development department is not expected to create jobs, but could lead to the creation of new products. The company has a current workforce of 355 in Owensboro.

Swedish Match produces chewing tobacco, cigars, and matches.

University of Kentucky

 

  Tobacco has been double hit this year with rain and now bacterial disease. University of Kentucky’ Dark Tobacco Extension Specialist Andy Bailey says farmers are harvesting up to two weeks early to beat Angular Leaf Spot, a bacterial disease that tends to appear after tobacco has been damaged due to extreme weather conditions.

Murray Calloway County Senior Citizens Center, Facebook

Ann Uddberg and Lynn Bartlett speak with Austin Carter on Sounds Good about an upcoming Meet & Greet with local authors at the Weaks Senior Center on Friday.

 

The Weaks Senior Center Genealogy Club is bringing in authors Geoff Baggett, Lynn Bartlett, Justice Bill Cunningham, Steve Schneiderman, Dr. Bill Mulligan, and Linda Scott, who have published books regarding the history and culture of the region.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

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A new smoking report estimates the habit costs Kentucky pack-a-day smokers more than $24,000 each year.

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