What are our priorities?

The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow Steering Committee has set the following priorities for 2020:

2020 Legislative Priorities One Pager

  • Tobacco 21: This law would prohibit retailers from selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 (the current legal age to purchase tobacco in Kentucky is 18). The Coalition favors holding retailers responsible for underage sales and opposes a military exemption. Several bills will be in play in the U.S. Congress over the coming months as well, and they may mandate state action.

Tobacco 21 Position Statement​


  • E-cigarette Excise Tax: Currently, e-cigarettes and vapes are subject only to sales taxes, but cigarettes and other tobacco products also are subject to state excise taxes. Given the popularity of e-cigs among youth and their sensitivity to prices, it makes sense to consider an e-cig tax parallel to the tax on cigarettes to help address the youth vaping epidemic.

E-Cigarette Excise Tax Position Statement


  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Funding Increase: Kentucky prevention and cessation programs are funded at just 6.7 percent of the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year ($3.8 million) The Steering Committee voted to seek funding for 2020 of $10 million.

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Funding Increase Position Statement​


  • Increased Cigarette Excise Tax: The legislature passed a 50 cent/pack increase in the cigarette tax in 2018, although the Coalition had advocated for a $1/pack increase to achieve significant health benefits. The need for revenues to address pension funding among other budget issues may present the opportunity to seek another $1/pack in 2020.

Increased Cigarette Excise Tax Position Statement

2019 Priorities:

  • Passed in 2019 100 Percent Tobacco Free Schools: Support a statewide law to make all public schools 100 percent tobacco-free, which will reduce peer pressure to use tobacco during school hours and at after-school events, and help create an environment where tobacco use is not the norm. This policy is a powerful tool for reducing tobacco use among teens and adolescents in Kentucky. Read more. 

       Kentucky House Bill BR312


  • Adequate Funding for Tobacco Prevention and Cessation: Increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Kentucky. These programs, offered through public health departments, are highly cost-effective, but require sufficient capacity, including both funding and staff. Stand by for more information, to be added soon.


  • Comprehensive Local Smoke-Free Ordinances: Help counties and cities enact comprehensive smoke-free ordinances covering all workplaces. Read more.


  • Support Quit Assistance: Educate the public and health care providers about cessation resources and ensure effective policy implementation by payers. Read more.


In addition, the Coalition is concerned about the impact of e-cigarettes – battery-operated devices that may resemble cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or even computer jump drives (e.g., Juul, Suorin) – on Kentucky’s health. 

The devices heat a liquid, or e-juice, that delivers highly-addictive nicotine extracted from tobacco, chemicals and particles in the form of an inhaled aerosol. The Coalition will host a conference on these products on December 10 (register here), and supports the inclusion of e-cigarettes in smoke-free laws, among other policy measures. Read more.

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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


Kentucky Council of Churches

Kentucky Equal Justice Center


Kentucky Health Collaborative


Kentucky Health Departments Association

Kentucky Hospital Association


Kentucky Medical Association


Kentucky Nurses Association


Kentucky School Boards Association


Kentucky Voices for Health


Kentucky Youth Advocates

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