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Time Has Come to reduce Smoking Rates in Kentucky

Kentucky has both the highest cancer rate and the highest smoking rate in the nation. A diverse array of organizations and advocates have decided these statistics can no longer stand. They will join together at a news conference in Frankfort on Oct. 18 to launch a new Coalition that will advocate for polices to reduce smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow partners and members include health advocates, businesses, health care providers, educators, and faith-based organizations supporting a tobacco tax increase, smoke-free ordinances and tobacco cessation programs.

WHAT News conference to launch the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, broad-based statewide alliance that will support state and local policy changes to improve Kentucky’s health by protecting Kentuckians from secondhand smoke and reducing tobacco use.


  • Ben Chandler, Chair, Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow and President/CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

  • Julie Raque Adams, Kentucky State Senator

  • Pat Withrow, Cardiologist and Director of Outreach for Baptist Health Paducah

  • Dave Adkisson, President/CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

  • Jacob Steward, Sophomore, Bourbon County High School, Students Making a Community Change Youth Group youth speaker

  • Representatives of Coalition founding partners


1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Room 171, Capitol Annex Building, Frankfort, Kentucky

American Cancer Society

Cancer Action Network


American Heart Association American Stroke Association


American Lung Association


Baptist Health


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids


Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky


Kentucky Cancer Foundation


Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy


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 Voices for Health


Kentucky Youth Advocates

Contact the Coalition

Toll Free: 877-326-2583

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