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.
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.