Area groups honored for smoke-free efforts
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Tuesday morning, the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy held a virtual award ceremony. It honored communities who enacted or strengthened local smoke-free laws and six individuals or groups who have advocated for lung health in their communities.
Each year, KCSP recognizes the work of local leaders and organizations making progress in creating healthier, smoke-free communities.
Cynthia Hallett, Director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, provided a national perspective on the important work happening in Kentucky.
“We’re so thrilled to have worked with so many of you in Kentucky and across the nation as you help all of us accomplish the goal of bringing smoke free air to all and closing those gaps in smoke free protection,” said Hallett.
During the pandemic, community leaders worked to make it easier for Kentuckians to breathe healthy air.
Dr. Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health provided the welcome.
This year’s honors include:
- The cities of Hazard, Perryville, and Hodgenville as well as Perry County will each receive the Smoke-free Indoor Air Excellence Award for their exceptional leadership and collaborative efforts in promoting the health of their citizens by enacting comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinances.
- The Mason County FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) will earn the Smoke-free Youth Advocate Award for excellence in promoting secondhand smoke education and smoke-free policy.
- The cities of Corbin, Campbellsville, and Williamsburg will receive the Smoke-free Excellence in E-Cigarette Policy Award for their leadership and collaborative efforts in promoting the health of their citizens by strengthening their comprehensive smoke-free ordinance to include e-cigarettes.
- The cities of Hopkinsville and Frankfort, as well as Franklin County will receive the Smoke-free Endeavor in E-cigarette Policy Award for their leadership and collaborative efforts in promoting the health of their citizens by adding e-cigarettes to their partial smoke-free ordinance.
- The Lee T. Todd, Jr. Smoke-free Hero Award will be presented to Hayley Leach and Sierrah Miley, UK Tobacco Free Take Action Ambassadors, for their courage, leadership, perseverance, and continuous commitment to smoke- and tobacco-free environments in the face of adversity.
- Angela Criswell, Lung Cancer Alliance, and Lindi Campbell, Breath of Hope KY, will receive the Timothy W. Mullett, MD Lung Cancer Prevention Award for their leadership, devotion, and passion toward preventing lung cancer through education, advocacy, or policy change in tobacco or radon control, lung cancer screening or other lung cancer prevention activities.
- The Lifetime Achievement in Tobacco Control Award will be presented to Mary Singler, retired Health Promotion Manager with the Northern Kentucky District Health Department, for her exceptional career devoted to leadership in tobacco control.
- Western Kentucky University will receive the Tobacco-free Campus Award for their exceptional leadership and collaborative efforts in promoting a healthy campus environment by implementing a 100% tobacco-free campus policy.
- One outstanding health advocate will receive the David B. Stevens, MD Smoke-free Advocate of the Year for excellence in promoting secondhand smoke education and smoke-free policy. The three nominees are: Lori Brookbank (Smoke-free Partnership of Mason County), Shirley Daulton (Lake Cumberland District Health Department), and Jennifer Osborne (Lincoln Trail District Health Department).
- KY Smoke-free Ordinance Database – https://www.uky.edu/breathe/tobacco-policy/smoke-free-communities/Kentucky-Smoke-free-Ordinance-Database