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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - KY: Smoking Prevention

Research shows that vaping products can deliver as much nicotine as traditional cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lawmakers are considering putting an excise tax on e-cigarettes sold in the Commonwealth. The tax would be equal to the current tax on traditional cigarettes, which is $1.10 per pack. State Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, the bill's primary sponsor, said his colleagues a

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it gave Kentucky $1.5 million in 2018 for use toward tobacco prevention programs. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill aims to reduce access to e-cigarettes among teens and young adults. While Kentucky brings in more than $500 million a year from tobacco sales, Ben Chandler,

In 2017, 26% of Kentucky high school students reported using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Concern over the growing use of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products among young people in the Commonwealth has spurred lawmakers to pre-file bills for the 2020 legislative session aimed at making it more difficult for teens to get them. The bills would raise the legal

Using e-cigarettes or vape products can trigger serious lung damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently named the condition Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury, or EVALI.  (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. � Kentucky school districts are trying to stem the tide of vaping that not only is harming the health of their middle and high school students, but also is draining resources. Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent Jesse Bacon recently announced his district

Rural Americans report less leisure time physical activity and lower seat belt use than their urban counterparts, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these residents tend to be older and sicker compared with people living in urban areas. In Kentucky, the report says excess deaths from preventable

Kentucky teens' use of vape products is more than double the national rate, according to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention survey. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFURT, Ky. — Public health officials have launched a free service aimed at helping Kentucky teens quit vaping. The program, called "My Life, My Quit," comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to curb a nationwide epidemic of severe lung injury associated with vaping.

A new law in Kentucky mandates that all school districts become tobacco-free by July 1, 2020. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tobacco-free signs are now available to Kentucky schools at no charge, provided by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Medical Association. Foundation CEO Ben Chandler says the signs will help schools comply with a recent law mandating that all school cam

Kentucky lawmakers hope to reduce teen e-cigarette use by adding a tax to e-cigarettes sold in the state. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Electronic cigarette use or "vaping" is on the rise among teens, and some Kentucky lawmakers believe a tax on e-cigarettes may help deter young people from using them. State Reps. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, and Jerry T. Miller, R-Louisville, announced a bill last week that wou

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