Former smoker Ken Kurtz reflects on how he picked up the habit well into adulthood and how it came to control his daily life. Kurtz quit earlier this year after taking a Freedom from Smoking program and is enjoying a return to the healthier and less stressful life he knew before he started smoking.
Life coach Paige Bentley describes how she started smoking as a teenager because she thought it would make her "cool," continued smoking into her adult years despite health consequences, and ultimately quit with the help of group counseling.
Dr. Tuckson's guest is Bobbye Gray, RN, TTS, tobacco cessation administrator at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Part of KET's ongoing initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Selena Coomer, director of health services at the Healing Place in Louisville, describes how she quit smoking and the freedom she has found as a non-smoker. Part of KET's "Smoking and Health" initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
From KET's "Smoking and Health" initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, this article takes a closer look at the ways smoking harms the cardiovascular system and how quitting smoking can reverse much of the destructive impact, with insight from Kentucky cardiologists who are prominent public health advocates against tobacco use.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee speaks with Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing whose research focuses on prenatal care and interventions aimed at preventing/ending tobacco use and illicit drugs. The program features a young woman who's participating in "Get Fit and Quit" recovery/smoking cessation program that is a partnership between the UK College of Nursing, Chrysalis House (a treatment center for women), and the YMCA. Part of KET's on-going initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
In Covington, a collaborative effort between the city’s public housing authority and the Northern Kentucky Health Department that began in 2015 instituted smoke-free policies in the city’s public housing communities. That policy quickly resulted in lower smoking rates among residents and a significant improvement in air quality. Now, it’s being distributed to other housing authorities in Kentucky to emulate in advance of a smoke-free public housing federal regulation set to take effect next year.
A KET production team recently attended the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy’s (KCSP) annual conference, where teenagers from Adair County received an award for producing a public service announcement promoting smoke-free policies. Students from Casey County High School were also recognized for their project to ensure a tobacco-free campus. From KET’s Smoking and Health initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Ellen J. Hahn, professor and director of BREATHE and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy.