smoking http://wfpl.org en Public Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free http://wfpl.org/post/public-input-sought-making-louisville-playgrounds-smoke-free <p>Today is the last day to <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DPVT26G">complete a survey</a> to gather community input on smoking in city playgrounds.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Signs reading “Children at Play – Thank You For Not Smoking” were installed in the playgrounds of Cherokee, Iroquois and Shawnee Park last year. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Health department spokesperson Kathy Harrison says that led to a reduction in the number of cigarette butts found in the area, but Louisville needs a smoke-free policy for its public parks.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Colleen O'Leary 8998 at http://wfpl.org Public Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Kentucky State House Committee http://wfpl.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-clears-kentucky-state-house-committee <p>FRANKFORT — A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the state.</p><p>The House Health &amp; Welfare Committee voted 10 to 3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.</p><p>State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat and the bill's sponsor, says the ban is needed to improve the health of all Kentuckians regardless of if they smoke, and will affect a variety of workplaces.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:40:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8504 at http://wfpl.org Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Kentucky State House Committee Bullitt County Passes Smoking Ban, Private Businesses Don't Have To Comply http://wfpl.org/post/bullitt-county-passes-smoking-ban-private-businesses-dont-have-comply <p>Smokers, including those using electronic smokeless cigarettes, can no longer light up on Bullitt County government property.</p><p>The county’s fiscal court approved a smoking ban Wednesday 4-1, with some residents saying the new measure doesn’t go far enough.</p><p>The ordinance says using tobacco products within "15 feet of any public entry or exit point." This includes the use of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff and e-cigarettes.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:47:07 +0000 Devin Katayama 8264 at http://wfpl.org Bullitt County Passes Smoking Ban, Private Businesses Don't Have To Comply State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy http://wfpl.org/post/state-commonwealth-beshear-says-kentuckys-momentum-jeopardy <p>FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's seventh State of the Commonwealth address was at a once a plea for reinvestments in education, a nebulous call for tax reform and a self-congratulatory pat on the back for Kentucky's deft implementation of the federal healthcare law.</p><p>Speaking to lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session,&nbsp;Beshear&nbsp;took pride in what he described as six years of progress in changing perceptions about the state on a national level.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:19:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8158 at http://wfpl.org State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy Hoosier Smokers Offered Chance At Cash To Give Up Habit http://wfpl.org/post/hoosier-smokers-offered-chance-cash-give-habit The Indiana Department of Health is again offering a monetary incentive for smokers and other tobacco users to kick the habit.<p> The <A href="http://www.quitnowindiana.com/">Quit Now Contest</A> challenges users to give up tobacco during the month of October, making them eligible for cash prizes of up to $2,500<p> Danese Pease with the Harrison County Tobacco Prevention Consortium says participants will have to prove they abided by the rules.<p> "If you’re chosen, you would be verified that you were actually tobacco-free, and by doing so that includes having two people verify that you hadn Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:30:32 +0000 Rick Howlett 1734 at http://wfpl.org Hoosier Smokers Offered Chance At Cash To Give Up Habit