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
To accomplish this work, the Foundation formed the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, whose mission is to improve Kentucky's health by protecting Kentuckians from secondhand smoke and other tobacco emissions, and by reducing the high rate of smoking and tobacco use in the Commonwealth.