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Why?

  • Kentucky has the second highest adult (24.5 percent) and youth (16.9 percent) smoking rates in the nation. 
     

  • 2,900 youth start smoking every year in Kentucky.
     

  • Kentucky is the cancer capital of the nation. Kentuckians die of cancer at rates higher than any other state, and 34 percent of deaths due to cancer in Kentucky are related to smoking.
     

  • Nearly 9,000 Kentuckians die every year from smoking-related diseases; and if we do not reduce the rate of youth smoking, 119,000 Kentucky kids now younger than 18 will die prematurely.
     

  • Smoking-related health care costs in the Commonwealth total $1.92 billion each year.

  • The FDA says that teen e-cigarette use has reached epidemic levels, rising at very sharp levels in just the last year. Most smoking starts before age 18, and research shows that teens who use e-cigs are more likely to smoke cigarettes later on. We must prevent smoking before it starts, and that means we must reverse this disturbing growth in youth e-cigarette use.

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

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

 

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Contact the Coalition

Toll Free: 877-326-2583

info@smokefreetomorrow.org