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Health for a Change: Webinar to Address Kentucky Law Preventing Local Tobacco Control and Other Heal

(LOUISVILLE, Ky - October 10, 2018) Cities and counties in Kentucky cannot pass ordinances that raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products or ban tobacco flavors that appeal to youth, among other measures, even when local citizens and elected officials strongly support them. That's because Kentucky law preempts local regulation of the distribution, sales and regulation of tobacco products.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a free webinar as part of its Health for a Change training series to help health advocates, elected officials and others better understand the threat preemption laws pose to public health. Presenters in the one-hour webinar will discuss how preemption relates to tobacco control and other health policies, share their experiences, and discuss advocacy strategies for countering and repealing state preemption. Presenters also will answer audience questions.

The Preemption and Health Advocacy webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (ET), and is free, as part of the Foundation's initiative to make training programs available to Kentucky health coalitions and nonprofits. All participants must register here.

Presenters during the webinar include:

  • Tonya Chang, Vice President for Advocacy, American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate

  • Dr. Ellen J. Hahn, Professor, University of Kentucky Colleges of Nursing and Public Health

  • Traci Kennedy, Consultant to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

  • Mark Pertschuk, Director, Grassroots Change: Connecting for Better Health.

Upcoming Health for a Change training opportunities, details on the contents and presenters, as well as recordings of previous events can be found by visiting the Health for a Change page on the Foundation website here.

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at

Media Contacts:

Bonnie J. Hackbarth

877-326-2583 (Office)

502-552-3770 (Mobile)

Alexa Kerley

877-326-2583 (Office)

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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