Monday, December 5, 2022


A Louisiana Public Service Commission runoff could affect energy policy, LGBTQ advocates await final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, and democracy gets a voter-approved overhaul in Oregon.


An election law theory critics say could cause chaos is before the Supreme Court, lawmakers condemn former President Trump's idea to suspend the Constitution, and Democrats switch up the presidential primary calendar.


The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Governor Expected to Sign Bill Taxing E-Cigarette, Vape Products


Friday, April 3, 2020   

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State lawmakers have passed a revenue bill that includes a new excise tax on e-cigarettes. The legislation now heads to the governor's desk.

E-cigarette pods, such as Juul, currently are the only tobacco products sold in the Commonwealth without a tax, and health experts say their relatively low cost is one reason why so many young Kentuckians are using them.

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Chief Executive Officer Ben Chandler says the excise tax couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, as research points to smoking as a risk factor for developing serious complications from COVID-19.

"They themselves become more vulnerable when they harm their own lungs," says Chandler. "And when your lungs are compromised, you can't fight off the disease, and you become much more susceptible to tremendous damage."

Gov. Andy Beshear has been vocal about his support for the idea of taxing e-cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young adults are two to three times more likely to respond to price hikes on tobacco products than adults.

Teens who want help quitting vaping can text or call the 'My Life, My Quit' hotline at 855-891-9989.

Chandler says the new coronavirus pandemic highlights how critical it is to prevent future generations from becoming hooked on nicotine.

"We're willing to shut down the economy of this country, in order to try to maintain the health of our people," says Chandler. "And so hopefully, when this is over, people will understand just how precious their health is."

According to state data, around 80,000 middle- and high-school students in the Commonwealth use e-cigarettes.

Disclosure: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Health Issues, Smoking Prevention, Youth Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

get more stories like this via email
Small cell facilities are often attached to utility poles within the public right-of-way. (Oxford Science/Wikimedia Commons)

Social Issues

Thousands of wireless transmitters could pop up across unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County in the next few years if the Board of Supervisors ap…

Health and Wellness

As winter looms in Missouri, health officials are expressing concern over the potential for three viruses to impact facilities. This season has …

Social Issues

Research says 80% of community-college students intend to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree, but only 14% do so within six years. …

Around 21 million American children receive free or reduced-price lunch at school, but only half of them receive free breakfast despite being eligible, according to New Hampshire Hunger Solutions. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Advocates for children say up to 7,000 students in New Hampshire public schools are going hungry following the rejection of a federal program for low-…

Social Issues

By Carrie Baker for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Roz Brown for Texas News Service reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News Service …

A caucus is not an election; it's a political party gathering in which party members choose candidates for an election. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

For the first time in almost 50 years, Iowa will not hold the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses for Democrats. The national party has ousted …

Health and Wellness

Nebraska is one of a dozen states experiencing "very high" levels of influenza, and the highest percentage of cases has been in children and young …


Tribal representatives from across the Northwest are flying into Washington, D.C. this week to discuss how mine waste in British Columbia is …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021