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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the dangers of Kentucky's high levels of underlying chronic health issues. Since 1996, cities and counties in the Commonwealth have been barred from considering a variety of measures proven to reduce the number-one cause of preventable disease - tobacco use. In a news conference on Wednesday morning, Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. Kim Moser will announce bills filed in their respective chambers to give local elected officials the option to govern the marketing and sale of tobacco products in their communities.


News conference to announce filing to local tobacco control bills in Kentucky Senate and House.


Julie Raque Adams, Kentucky State Senator and Majority Caucus Chair

Kimberly Poore Moser, Kentucky State Representative Health & Family Services Committee Chair

Betsy Clemons, Executive Director, Hazard Perry County Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Pat Withrow, Director of Outreach, Baptist Health Paducah

Abigail Birman, Student, McCracken County High School, Paducah

Hannah Abdon, Student, Randall Cooper High School, Union

Ben Chandler, CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky


11:15 am ET, Wednesday, January 6, 2021

(The webinar will be open for signing in at 11 am; please sign on early so that we can begin promptly at 11:15 am.)


Virtual: Register here to attend via ZOOM.

NOTE TO Editors and Producers: There will be opportunity for media Q&A. Visuals will include an infographic and photos of tobacco product marketing to youth. Please contact Bonnie Hackbarth, 502-552-3770, for one-on-one interview opportunities. or if you have questions.

About the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow

The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow is committed to its mission of improving Kentucky's health by protecting Kentuckians from secondhand smoke and other tobacco emissions, and by reducing the high rate of smoking and tobacco use in the Commonwealth. For more information, please visit

The Coalition is led by representatives of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Baptist Health, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Humana, 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 School Boards Association, Kentucky Voices for Health, and Kentucky Youth Advocates. Other partners and members of the Coalition represent a broad array of more than 220 groups, including Kentucky business leaders, health advocates, health care providers and payers, educators, and faith community leaders.

Media Contact:

Bonnie J. Hackbarth

877-326-2583 (Office)

502-552-3770 (Mobile)

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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