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