Kentucky Celebrates the Great American Smokeout

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout but that’s not all.

It is also the day the tobacco ban on executive branch state property goes into effect in Kentucky.

None of this is new at the University of Kentucky which has been smoke-free for the past five years.

Campus celebrated with a tobacco-free tailgate.

Since the policy, the university has seen a four-fold increase in people trying to quit smoking.

“Kentucky needs bold action,” said Dr. Ellen Hahn, co-chair for UK’s tobacco-free campus initiative.  “We’ve got to put aside our tradition of smoking it and growing it and we have to move forward to do some pretty bold things.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky has the highest rate of adult smokers out of all states and leads the nation in cancer deaths.
 
Governor Steve Beshear is using the national smokeout day to say no more lighting up on state property.
 
All tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, are now banned on state executive branch property and applies to sidewalks, parking lots and state-leased buildings.
 
The governor’s office has set up the website: tobacco-free.ky.gov if people have questions about the policy and to help people get help quitting smoking.

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