Respiratory Health Video Collection
Fighting to Breathe: Lung Disease in Kentucky
This three-part series examines the under-told story of lung diseases in Kentucky – the causes, the impact on those afflicted, and the exciting new developments in treatment and prevention.
Fighting to Breathe: A KET Forum
Renee Shaw and a panel of experts discuss public health and policy solutions for reducing the burden of lung disease in Kentucky.
This series is funded in part by grants from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Medical Association through a grant from the Anthem Foundation.
Fighting to Breathe: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma
Learn about the causes, diagnoses (and misdiagnoses) and best practices for treating COPD and Asthma and hear about new University of Kentucky research and innovative public health measures addressing these conditions.
Fighting to Breathe: The Threats Around Us
Learn about the major threats to lung health—especially in low-income communities—and what happens when the lungs’ defenses are overwhelmed.
Fighting to Breathe: Lung Cancer
This episode examines new treatments for lung cancer that increase survival rates and explores how low-dose CT scans are saving lives through early detection.
Fighting to Breathe: A KET Forum
Renee Shaw and a panel of experts discuss public health solutions for reducing the burden of lung disease in Kentucky. Topics include low-dose CT scans for early cancer detection; radon testing and mitigation; smoking and vaping among youth; indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Educators, check out these health and science resources from KET’s Fighting to Breathe, a special series exploring the effects of pollution, tobacco and radon on our lungs, and the screening and treatment of lung-related illnesses.
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Fighting to Breathe: Featured Interviews
Reducing Kentucky’s High Smoking and Vaping Rates
Dr. Ellen Hahn discusses efforts to reduce high smoking and vaping rates in Kentucky and how those habits contribute to respiratory disease.
The Impact of Environmental Pollution on Respiratory Diseases
Dr. Ted Smith talks about the impact of environmental pollution on respiratory diseases and the ongoing Green Heart Louisville Study project.
Asthma Risk Factors and Treatments
Dr. James Sublett discusses how asthma affects the lungs, risk factors for asthma, and advances in treating the disease.
New Treatments for Lung Cancer
Dr. Jill Kolesar discusses her work in researching and developing new treatments for lung cancer including targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
Lung Cancer Survivors’ Stories
Three lung cancer survivors share their experiences with the disease.
Lung Cancer Rates in Kentucky
Dr. Timothy Mullett discusses the rates of lung cancer in Kentucky and efforts to reduce those numbers through smoking cessation programs and low CT scan testing for lung cancer.
Radon Exposure and Lung Cancer
Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental, discusses radon exposure as the second-highest cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
The Mountain Air Project
Dr. Steve Browning talks about efforts to improve air quality in eastern Kentucky through the Mountain Air Project.
Kentucky Health Episodes
Asthma and COPD
Guest Dr. Wesley McConnell discusses COPD and smoking.
Catching My Breath: Lung Diseases and Their Causes
Learn about lung diseases including pulmonary hypertension and COPD.
The Cost of Cigarette Smoking
Guest Ellen Hahn discusses the cumulative effect of smoking and being exposed to radon.
Environmental Pollution: Trees and Bushes as the Fix
Ted Smith, Ph.D., director of the Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil at the UofL Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, talks about how planting trees can reduce air pollution, decrease certain health risks and encourage participation in outdoor activities.
Lung Cancer: Improving Treatment, Decreasing Mortality
Jason Chesney, M.D., director of the UofL Health-Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, talks about new developments in the treatment of lung cancer.
Lung Cancer in Kentucky
Guests discuss radon’s link to lung cancer and the value of low-dose CT scans in catching lung cancer early.
Lung Health: Breathing Does a Body Good
Dr. Neal Moser, a pulmonologist and president of the Kentucky Medical Association, discusses the most common threats to our lungs and the best ways to protect them.
Smoking in Kentucky: Hidden Cost, Serious Impact
Hear from Ben Chandler about the effects of smoking in Kentucky and legislation the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky supported.
Strategies for Quitting Tobacco
This episode presents good information for smokers who want to quit smoking.
Tobacco Cessation: The Power of Group Education and Support
Watch testimonials from people who used peer support groups to quit smoking.
Visualizing a Smoke-Free Kentucky
Learn more about vaping and recent legislation designed to reduce tobacco use in Kentucky.
Early Detection Equals Saving Lives
St. Elizabeth Healthcare in northern Kentucky is renowned for its early detection lung cancer CT screening program, which is available to current and former smokers and can detect tumors before they grow and spread to other organs.
Six Tips to Ensure a Healthy Home Environment
Learn about ways to improve the living space in your home in order to ensure better air quality and cleaner breathing.
Kentucky Youth and E-Cigarettes: What You Should Know
Use of e-cigarettes among teens has skyrocketed, alarming health advocates, parents, medical professionals and educators.
Outreach Efforts on E-Cigarettes and Youth Paying Dividends in Western Kentucky
In the past couple of years, a public health crisis is affecting youth across the U.S. and Kentucky: the rapid rise of e-cigarette use.
Smoking Cessation: An Essential Part of Mental Health Services
While tobacco use slowly drops among the general population, a startling 41 percent of persons with mental illness in Kentucky use tobacco.
KET Health Documentaries
Calling It Quits
Experts discuss the risks of smoking and offer effective methods for quitting. Includes personal testimonials.
Tobacco-Free Kentucky Kids
Learn about enterprising teens who developed projects that promote tobacco cessation in their peer groups.
Health Three60 Episodes
Easing the Burden of Asthma
Learn about the high rate of asthma in Kentucky and tips to reduce exposure to asthma triggers.
Clearing the Smoke
Learn about the policies, programs and community solutions needed to reduce dependence on tobacco and create a healthier Kentucky.
“How I Quit Smoking” Testimonials
It took a trip to the dentist to get implants due to his severe gingivitis to make Doug realize it was time to quit.
When Ken decided to stop smoking, at first he couldn’t go much past a week before lighting up.
Knowing she needed help to quit, Paige joined a tobacco cessation class through her local health department.
Priscilla’s smoker’s cough got so bad her husband convinced her it was time for them to quit smoking – together.
Selena got a prescription for Chantix from her doctor and, despite some tough early days, overcame her habit.
Steve tried several ways to quit smoking, but nothing worked. Finally, his father suggested he attend a Freedom from Smoking class.
And a few more!
People who quit smoking with the help of tobacco cessation classes share their success stories.