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PNS Weekend Newscast - April 29th, 2017 


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Public News Service - KY: Smoking Prevention

Warren County Public Schools have had a tobacco free policy in place for two years. Now, lawmakers are considering a statewide rule. (Warren County Public Schools)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – While legislation is moving through the General Assembly to make all public schools in the Bluegrass State tobacco free, some school districts haven't waited for state lawmakers to get on the health bandwagon. For example, Warren County Public Schools have been smoke fre

Support is strong in all geographic regions of Kentucky for a statewide smoke-free law according to the latest poll data. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Policies that lead to decreased smoking rates are now garnering strong support in all five regions of the Bluegrass State, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey found two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law prohibiting smoking indoors in most pub

Support is holding firm among Kentuckians for a statewide smoke-free law, according to new polling numbers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILE, Ky. - A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local commun

A new report shows spending on tobacco prevention in Kentucky is tiny compared with what the tobacco companies spend on marketing their products in the state. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is spending $2.5 million this year on tobacco prevention, 36th in the nation, according to a new report. But, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reveals tobacco companies are blowing that effort away spending an estimated $292.8 million on marketing their products in the st

Advocates call for a statewide, smoke-free law to protect Kentucky's children from secondhand smoke. (Credit: Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one-third of Kentucky is covered by local smoke-free laws, prohibiting smoking indoors in public places. But what about the rest of the state? Children's advocates are pushing for a statewide smoke-free law, claiming in a new issue brief it would be a "win" for children, in

Kentucky's focus on supporting women veterans. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are around 22 million military veterans in the United States and 331,000 of them live in Kentucky, including nearly 25,000 women. Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs has made increasing outreach to women vets a priority this year. The state's Commissioner of Vet

PHOTO: A group of fourth-grade students has made passing a smoke-free law in Middlesboro their civics project. Their City Council votes on it this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. – In Kentucky, local smoke-free laws now cover about a third of the state's nearly 4.5 million people. And it may come as a surprise who is leading the call for a smoke-free ordinance in one town – seven fourth-graders. They are members of the Destination Imagination

PHOTO: Lawmakers leading the push for a statewide smoke-free law say progress was made this year even though the bill ultimately died in the Senate. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This year's legislative session, which ended last week, was the fifth straight year a statewide smoke-free bill failed to pass. As the gavel fell on the 2015 session, the bill's annual sponsor, Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, tweeted, "Maybe not perfection, but certainly progress!

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