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… Continue reading Health Department Public Meetings Begin This Week
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… Continue reading Nesbitt: Many Louisvillians Face Health Problems From Smoking, Weight
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… Continue reading Judge Blocks Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages
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… Continue reading Bullitt County Health Department Approves Smoking Ban Appeal
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… Continue reading Bullitt County Smoking Ban Rejected
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,… Continue reading Bullitt County Waits For Smoking Ban Response
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.
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.
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
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.