San Francisco will soon implement the most comprehensive restrictions on e-cigarettes in the country, including all flavored tobacco products from vaping liquids to menthol cigarettes to flavored hookah. Lesley McGlurg of KQED reports on how the ban, which should take effect sometime in July, may influence similar restrictions in cities and states in the future.
Federal health officials on April 24 announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand named Juul following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a month-long operation. Investigators targeted 7-Eleven locations, Shell gas stations and Cumberland Farms convenience stores as well as vaping shops. From the Associated Press and PBS NewsHour's Health News blog.
Research shows a startling 41 percent of persons with mental illness in Kentucky use tobacco, and an increasing number of advocates and providers are calling for tobacco treatment programs specially designed for people with chronic mental and behavioral health conditions. This article investigates why smoking among this population has persisted at such high rates and shows how community mental health programs like Bridgehaven in Louisville are challenging the status quo and helping members successfully quit.
In this excerpt from KET’s 30-minute documentary Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking, five people from Russell County who quit smoking with the help of tobacco cessation classes share their success stories.
Dr. Tuckson and Ben Chandler, president/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, discuss the impact of smoking in the state, the Medicaid waiver, health disparities, and other topics.
Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking
The program examines effective medications and behavioral strategies available today to help tobacco users give up smoking for good and improve their health. Part of KET's ongoing Smoking & Health initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Tobacco-Free Kentucky Kids
The program focuses on efforts to reduce smoking and other tobacco use among teenagers, featuring leaders in Kentucky's teen smoking prevention field. It also examines the use of smokeless tobacco by Kentucky teens and efforts by high school students to discourage their peers from using tobacco products. Part of KET's ongoing Smoking & Health initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Teenagers’ use and misuse of illicit and prescription drugs continues to remain low, according to a new study from National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan. However, the study also raised concerns about the growing popularity of electronic vaporizers among adolescents. The study also found that daily use of marijuana for adolescents also became as, or more, popular than daily cigarette smoking. An article from PBS NewsHour's Michael Rios.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee speaks with Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence), and Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) about upcoming health care issues, including the opioid crisis and smoking cessation, that will be addressed during the 2018 General Assembly. Wuchner and Adams are co-chairs of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services.
On Oct. 18, the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow launched with a rally at the State Capitol in Frankfort. The coalition consists of major stakeholders in public health, and at the rally, speakers unveiled a set of goals aimed at reducing Kentucky’s high tobacco use rates and protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke.