Tobacco use in Kentucky remains among the highest in the nation. It’s not coincidental that we are the “Cancer Capital of the Nation,” with higher rates of cancer incidence and deaths, and the highest rate of cancers tied to smoking, than any other state in the nation.

Our work under this initiative is aimed at improving the health of Kentuckians by reducing the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. We are also focused on preventing tobacco use by youth and reducing Kentuckians’ exposure to secondhand smoke.


We must discourage young people from becoming the next generation of nicotine addicts.

Join us for a FREE Health for a Change webinar on December 1 to learn more about how to advocate for giving local communities the power to safeguard their children from tobacco marketing.

Health for a Change: Local Tobacco Control - Advocacy Training

December 1 at 3:30 p.m.


Read our white paper on Local Tobacco Control here.

Download our infographic here.

Among other evidence-based measures, the Foundation seeks to:
  • Enable local jurisdictions in Kentucky to pass stronger tobacco-control measures than those enacted by the state, should local elected officials choose to do so.
  • Increase public health department funding for tobacco prevention and cessation.
  • Increase the proportion of Kentuckians covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws that protect people in all enclosed workplaces and public spaces from exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco product emissions.
  • Raise the cost of tobacco products by increasing state excise taxes.

To order Tobacco-Free Campus signs for your school district, click here.

Need more information about the dangers of e-cigarettes/vaping for students, visit our I Just Didn’t Know website.

Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow

Foundation CEO Ben Chandler serves as chair of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, a diverse group of stakeholder groups from around the Commonwealth and across a broad spectrum of fields that have formed a statewide organization to speak with a single voice on tobacco-control issues.

Learn more about the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow.


E-Cigarettes and Youth: PowerPointtm Presentations and Webinar

E-Cigarettes and Youth: Video and Audio Public Service Announcements 

Free Quit-Vaping Resources