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Health Department Public Meetings Begin This Week

by Rick Howlett on March 12, 2012

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold the first in a series of meetings this week to gather information from the public about the health care services they’re receiving.

Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the meetings are part of the department’s mission
to improve the health of Louisville’s citizens.

“We’ll ask questions that range from things like, ‘Have you been to an emergency room? If so, why? Was it because it was the hours of your physician aren’t convenient, or you don’t have insurance and there’s a perception that the emergency room care is free?’ We’ll be trying to get at some of those issues,” she said.

Nesbitt presented a report last week that finds many Louisville residents are battling health problems related to smoking and excessive weight.

Public meetings will be held tomorrow at the NIA Center on West Broadway and Thursday at the Southwest Government Center on Dixie Highway.

Both begin at 6:00pm.

Two more meetings are set for later this month in Prospect and Okolona.

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Nesbitt: Many Louisvillians Face Health Problems From Smoking, Weight

by Rick Howlett March 6, 2012

The director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has delivered an assessment of the health of Louisville citizens and some strategies for improvement. Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt has been studying the city’s health statistics—the latest available are from 2009. Nesbitt says the smoking rate among Louisville adults was almost 24 percent, down slightly […]

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Judge Blocks Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages

by Devin Katayama November 8, 2011

A federal judge has blocked a requirement that would have forced tobacco companies to include graphic images on cigarette packages next September. Advocacy groups have fought tobacco companies for several years to increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking. The blocked legislation requires cigarette packs to feature graphic images such as diseased lungs or […]

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Bullitt County Health Department Approves Smoking Ban Appeal

by Devin Katayama September 27, 2011

The Bullitt County Board of Health is not giving up its struggle to enact a county-wide smoking ban and has decided to appeal a court decision restricting its power to create and enforce new regulations. Bullitt County Circuit Court Judge Rodney Burress ruled earlier this month that the health department could not choose where people […]

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Bullitt County Smoking Ban Rejected

by Devin Katayama September 15, 2011

A Bullitt County judge says the county health department’s proposed smoking ban is unlawful, implying the department’s decision to enact the ban was Orwellian. Judge Rodney Burress writes in his ruling if the health department can decide who smokes where, it could also decide what time individuals could go to bed. “They said that the […]

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Bullitt County Waits For Smoking Ban Response

by Devin Katayama September 2, 2011

Bullitt County is waiting to hearing whether smoking will be banned in restaurants, bars and other public places. A county judge is expected to make a decision before Sept. 19, when the ban is scheduled to take effect. The Bullitt County Health Department passed a smoking ban that puts restrictions on where people may smoke, […]

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Doctors From U of L Cancer Center To Visit Frankfort To Discuss Tobacco Dangers

by Gabe Bullard February 21, 2011

The group isn’t lobbying for any specific legislation, but they do support a statewide indoor smoking ban, similar to the law currently on the books in Louisville.

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Louisville Offers Text-Message Service To Teens Who Want To Quit Smoking

by Gabe Bullard September 21, 2010

The Louisville Department of Health and Wellness has launched a cell-phone based anti-smoking campaign aimed at teenagers. For about ten weeks, they will receive three text messages a day that encourage them to quit smoking.

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Smoking in Kentucky

by Laura Ellis August 25, 2010

It affects twenty-six percent of our youth and around the same percentage of adults – including twenty-four and a half percent of pregnant women. It’s tobacco use, and Kentucky ranks the absolute worst in the nation for our rate of adult smoking. Are these numbers as dismal as they sound, or have they actually gotten better? What are the most effective ways to quit, and the health benefits? Join us this Thursday when we talk about smoking in Kentucky.   Listen to the Show

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Lung Association Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

by Gabe Bullard July 26, 2010

The National Conference of State Legislatures is underway in Louisville. The American Lung Association is using the opportunity to push for more support for anti-smoking programs.

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