Nonsmokers, including children, exposed to secondhand smoke in public places or at work significantly increase their risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Children are especially at risk as they are more likely to become smokers when their parents smoke. With one of the highest rates of adult smoking and smoking during pregnancy in the nation, smoke-free policies can have a vast positive impact on the health of children.
- Kentucky Youth Advocates is a member of Smoke-Free Kentucky, a coalition of organizations and individuals who support making all public and work places 100% smoke-free in order to protect citizens and workers from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke. A statewide smoke-free bill passed the House Committee on Health and Welfare in the 2013 General Assembly but did not further advance. Kentucky Youth Advocates will be working with Smoke-Free Kentucky on a smoke-free bill in the 2014 General Assembly.
- Kentucky Youth Advocates also manages a website titled Sorting through the Smoke, a one-stop shop for individuals interested in documenting the impact of Kentucky’s high tobacco usage on the health of its residents. The website provides state and county-level data, local expert contact information, regional news coverage and resources to help tell the story behind tobacco in Kentucky.