Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Public Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free

Today is the last day to complete a survey to gather community input on smoking in city playgrounds.

Signs reading “Children at Play – Thank You For Not Smoking” were installed in the playgrounds of Cherokee, Iroquois and Shawnee Park last year.         

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.

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6:40 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Kentucky State House Committee


FRANKFORT — A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the state.

The House Health & Welfare Committee voted 10 to 3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.

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.

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Local News
11:47 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Bullitt County Passes Smoking Ban, Private Businesses Don't Have To Comply


Smokers, including those using electronic smokeless cigarettes, can no longer light up on Bullitt County government property.

The county’s fiscal court approved a smoking ban Wednesday 4-1, with some residents saying the new measure doesn’t go far enough.

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.

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7:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

Steve Beshear
Credit KET

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.

Speaking to lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session, Beshear took pride in what he described as six years of progress in changing perceptions about the state on a national level.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Hoosier Smokers Offered Chance At Cash To Give Up Habit

The Indiana Department of Health is again offering a monetary incentive for smokers and other tobacco users to kick the habit.

The Quit Now Contest challenges users to give up tobacco during the month of October, making them eligible for cash prizes of up to $2,500

Danese Pease with the Harrison County Tobacco Prevention Consortium says participants will have to prove they abided by the rules.

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