Kentucky leaders must get behind statewide and school campus smoking bans, Lt. Gov. says

04/02/2014 02:58 PM

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said Wednesday that state leaders need to make a statewide smoking ban a top priority, and at the very least must prohibit smoking on school properties in order to help improve health in the commonwealth.

“Only 33 of our 173 school districts have tobacco-free policies,” said Abramson.
“If we’re going to make a change in that regard, it’s going to take the school board
members, it’s going to take the superintendents, it’s going to take state government
banging the drum, it’s going to take advocacy groups.”

Abramson spoke in Frankfort at the Friedell Committee and the Department of Public Health “Signs of Progress” luncheon to give an update on an initiative Gov. Steve Beshear launched in February called Kyhealthnow.

The program aims to set health goals for the commonwealth and outlines seven strategies to help achieve those goals by 2019.

“The governor felt that we should set standards against which we can measure ourselves, the metrics that we can feel confident which truly says that we are moving in the right direction,” said Abramson.

The strategies will be implemented through executive and legislative actions, public-private partnerships and through the success of enrolling Kentuckians in health care coverage.


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