Frankfort, Ky., March 12, 2019 A number of business and health organizations applauded the House today for passing a bill to make Kentucky K-12 school property tobacco-free with a vote of 85 to 11. The tobacco-free schools bill, HB11, had passed unanimously out of the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 7. It now goes to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Ralph Alvarado has pledged to take action quickly on the bill.
Here is the full statement from The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and several other health advocacy and business organizations:
"Today the Kentucky House of Representatives has taken powerful action to reduce youth vaping and other tobacco use at time when Kentucky and the nation are facing an epidemic. Making Kentucky school campuses completely tobacco-free is critical to changing youth attitudes about tobacco products. This measure will help protect our children from one of the most addictive substances on the planet, and allow them the opportunity to learn and grow in a smoke-free, e-cigarette aerosol-free environment.
"Congratulations to Speaker David Osborne, Rep. Kim Moser and the Kentucky House of Representatives for prioritizing kids' health. We now look to leaders in the Senate to support this measure and send it to Gov. Bevin to sign."
Organizations applauding the passage of House Bill 11 include:
- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
- Baptist Health Kentucky
- Kentucky Youth Advocates
- Kentucky Cancer Foundation
- Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky 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. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth