(LOUISVILLE, Ky - February 9, 2017) The Kentucky Senate Committee on Education today reported out favorably a bill to make Kentucky's public schools tobacco-free. Senate Bill 78 would "prohibit use of tobacco products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities."

Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation, said: "We applaud the Senate Committee on Education for recommending a bill to make Kentucky school campuses smoke-free. We must protect Kentucky's children, who spend seven hours or more of their day during much of the year in school, from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Kentucky has the highest adult smoking rate in the nation, and the second highest youth smoking rate. This bill will reduce smoking. While cancer mortality nationwide is declining, the rate of cancer deaths in Kentucky is rising. Many cancers are attributable to smoking. Thus, this bill is also a cancer-prevention bill."

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $26 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 care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health 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.

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