(LOUISVILLE, Ky., November 14, 2017) A study by University of Kentucky BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) researchers, published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal, found that the incidence of lung cancer among adults ages 50 and older was 8 percent lower in Kentucky communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws than in communities without smoke-free laws. In contrast, the researchers did not find differences in lung cancer rates between communities with moderate or weak smoke-free laws and those without any smoke-free laws.
Here is a statement from Ben Chandler:
"Kentucky is faced with so many health issues that are holding us back, but here's a policy solution that actually works without depleting public budgets," said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "We know that the Kentucky communities with smoke-free laws covering every workplace and public building are protecting the freedom of their residents and visitors to breath air untainted by dangerous secondhand smoke. We know that a secondary benefit of these laws is that they help reduce smoking. But here's solid evidence from more than 20 years of data showing a significant decline in lung cancer. Let's do this Kentucky. Let's relinquish our title as the cancer capital of the nation by passing more smoke-free laws."
Chandler is also Chair of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, an alliance of more than 120 members and partners working to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Kentucky.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $26.7 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth