Ask Your State Senator to Increase Kentucky’s Tobacco Tax by at Least $1
A healthy future for Kentucky requires action to promote healthy decisions. Across the commonwealth, tobacco takes a toll on the health of children, teens, and pregnant women and their babies. Seventeen percent of Kentucky high school students currently smoke—the 2nd highest rate in the nation. Kentucky also has the 2nd highest rate in the nation at 20% for births to mothers who smoked during pregnancy. However, viable solutions do exist to end tobacco use. Increasing Kentucky’s tobacco tax by at least $1 is a proven method to prevent teens from starting to smoke and prompt pregnant women to quit smoking.
Urge your state Senator to support an increase to Kentucky’s tobacco tax of at least $1 to keep teens from starting to smoke, reduce smoking among pregnant women, and promote a healthier Kentucky.
Ask Your State Senator to Prioritize Kids in the State Budget
The future of Kentucky depends on prosperous communities and strong families. As the proposed state budget moves from the Kentucky House to the Senate, advocates for kids are encouraging members of the Senate to maintain the many strong investments that prioritize kids and their families and consider additional measures that could lead to a brighter future for Kentucky kids.
Urge your state Senator to prioritize kids in the state budget by maintaining the investments to support children impacted by abuse or neglect and the restored funding for education, by increasing funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and for kinship caregivers, and by supporting a tobacco tax of at least $1 to reduce smoking among teens and pregnant women.