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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Smoking Prevention

PHOTO: Most businesses in Kentucky support a statewide indoor smoke-free law, according to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Lawmakers will hear testimony about property rights Wednesday. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Health advocates are targeting the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of a comprehensive smoke-free law that would cover all indoor public places and workplaces. Lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee will explore the impact on property rights in Frank ...Read More

PHOTO:  Smoke-Free Kentucky is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to make a comprehensive, statewide indoor smoke-free law a top priority when it convenes in January. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition has a message for state lawmakers: Make a comprehensive, statewide, indoor, smoke-free law a "number one priority" during the 2015 legislative session. Amy Barkley, chair of the Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition, says her organization has proposed bill ...Read More

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi ...Read More

PHOTO: Taking the pulse of Kentucky's health-care system, experts gathered Tuesday to share ideas on ways to reshape the delivery of care. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the midst of sweeping health-care reform in Kentucky, hundreds of people gathered in Louisville on Tuesday to explore how to "do care differently." Dave Bolt, deputy director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said it's time to move away from what he calls a "treat 'em a ...Read More

PHOTO: Little cigars have gained popularity with teens, as they come in flavors similar to ice cream and are sold at prices so low, they can buy several for less than a dollar. Photo credit: Tony Alter/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota retailers do better at thwarting teens' attempts to buy tobacco than retailers in any other state, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The ranking is earning praise, although some anti-smoking advocates say the figure ...Read More

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates of a statewide smoke-free workplace law are hoping Kentuckians will be seeing fewer indoor ashtrays by 2015, as they promote proposed indoor smoking ban legislation around the commonwealth this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FANCY FARM, Ky. - Advocates for a statewide smoke-free law are coursing the commonwealth this week, with Saturday's annual political picnic at Fancy Farm as their final destination. The six-day road trip is the latest effort to convince lawmakers Kentucky needs a comprehensive indoor smoke-free law ...Read More

PHOTO:  While a statewide poll has found some regional differences on health related issues, adults across Kentucky show near unanimous support for requiring school kids to have at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.  Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The majority of Kentuckians want a statewide smoke-free law, tobacco free school campuses and mandatory physical education for school children. The snap shot of Kentuckians' views on health-related issues was commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The or ...Read More

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