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

Smith Farms hosts "Celebrate Our Farming Heritage" tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with author Bobbie Smith Bryant about the event, the dark-fired tobacco curing process, her love of Western Kentucky and farming and her latest book Farming in the Black Patch.

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  A former tobacco company building in Murray and a Christian County farmstead are among the properties in the WKMS listening area that have been approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  A record number of tobacco barn burnings are taking place as Kentucky's statewide fire ban begins today.

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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The Centers for Disease Control says Kentucky and two other states have fallen short in funding tobacco prevention efforts. 

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Nearly 40 H-2A guestworkers filed three separate lawsuits in federal court Thursday alleging civil rights violations within the Kentucky tobacco industry.

The H-2A program allows American farmers to bring foreign workers temporarily to the U.S.

Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed part of a bill that appropriates money from Kentucky’s latest settlement with tobacco companies. 

Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Tobacco Settlement Bill

Mar 10, 2015

The Kentucky state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would restore funds to several programs associated with the 1998 tobacco settlement.

Revenue from the tobacco settlement has flagged as fewer people have bought cigarettes in the state, leading to shortfalls in programs dealing with agriculture, early childhood, cancer research and programs that help people quit smoking.

“It’s what our revenue’s based on and as that goes down, the divisions to each one of those agencies goes down also,” said Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville who sponsored the bill.

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A Kentucky health group is lauding an announcement that state-owned properties will be going tobacco-free.

Governor Beshear last week issued an executive order banning tobacco products and e-cigarettes from state-owned and leased buildings and vehicles, effective November 20th.