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.
Renee Shaw speaks with state medical and public health officials about what can be done to address three of Kentucky's biggest health risks: smoking, obesity and diabetes, and substance abuse. The forum was produced in conjunction with the 2019 Kentucky Medical Association Annual Meeting. Read highlights from the forum and watch the video here.
KET speaks with Dr. Patrick Withrow, a retired cardiologist and director of outreach at Baptist Health Paducah, who has made it his new mission to educate adolescents all throughout the Jackson Purchase about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
In recent months, hundreds of people across the United States have gotten sick and a handful have died, and all of them have had one thing in common: They used e-cigarettes. The CDC recommended that persons stop using e-cigarettes until more is known about the illnesses, and PBS NewsHour learns more from the FDA as well as from Erika Sward, the American Lung Association’s national assistant vice president for advocacy.
Following several mysterious deaths linked to vaping, the federal government is now warning Americans not to use e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control also said there are 450 reported cases of lung illnesses tied to vaping, in more than 30 states. William Brangham talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR about what is known, and what isn’t, about the health risks of vaping.
From the Associated Press: The Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 14 proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes. The current smaller warnings on the side of U.S. cigarette packs have not been updated since 1984, and the agency's previous effort to update them was defeated in court in 2012 on free speech grounds. The FDA said its revised proposal is supported by new research that documents how the warnings will help educate the public about smoking harms.
As part of a campaign to reduce smoking among pregnant mothers, the Centers for Disease Control brought Amanda from the Tips from Former Smokers Campaign to the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Ky., to put a spotlight on the high rates of smoking and pregnancy in the area and promote the release of new "Tips" ads. This video is from KET's Smoking and Health initiative.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Kerri Verden, program administrator of the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program; and Priscilla Ewing, a former smoker and a tobacco cessation coach at Portland Family Health Center.
In this video, Louisville native Priscilla Ewing shares how quitting smoking opened the door to a new life. This video is part of KET's Smoking and Health initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Use of e-cigarettes among teens has skyrocketed, alarming health advocates, parents, medical professionals and educators across the state and the nation. To address this growing crisis, public health experts in Kentucky recently held a conference to discuss the latest research on e-cigarette use, the dangers it presents to teens, and how to prevent another generation from becoming to addicted to nicotine. This article presents five key takeaways from the conference and is part of KET's Smoking and Health initiative.