Our work under this initiative is aimed at reducing the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, to improve health in Kentucky. We are also focused on preventing tobacco use by youth and reducing Kentuckians’ exposure to secondhand smoke. Foundation CEO Ben Chandler is chair of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, a diverse group of organizations that support these goals. Among other evidence-based measures, we advocate for:

  • Smoke-free ordinances that prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces and workplaces
  • Making tobacco products more expensive through increased excise taxes
  • Raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21
  • A statewide law that makes all school grounds tobacco-free

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Promoting Responsive Health Policy

An initiative aimed at making public policy more responsive to the health and health care needs of the people of Kentucky with a focus on four (4) policy priorities:

  • Increasing access to care
  • Strengthening local public health
  • Improving children’s health
  • Increasing the proportion of Kentuckians in smoke-free jurisdictions

To advance these priorities, the Foundation makes grants, invests in research and data efforts, convenes stakeholder groups in forums and meetings so they can share information and work together, and supports relationship- and capacity-building activities. Read more.

Investing in Kentucky’s Future

An initiative aimed at reducing the risk that today's school-aged children will develop chronic diseases as they grow into adults.

The Foundation is providing funding, training and technical assistance to support coalitions in seven communities working across sectors to improve children’s health. Read more.