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Tobacco 101: Not blowing smoke 

Jump to full article: Richmond (KY) Register, 2007-07-14
Author: Ronica Shannon Register News Writer


Many may think that it is a good thing to be ranked number one. But, consider this: Kentucky ranks number one in the nation for overall adult smoking, number one in female adult smokers, number one in youth smoking, number one in the amount of youths younger than 12 who are exposed to secondhand smoke, number one for the number of adults who have smoking-related forms of cancer and among the top 10 in the nation for people with heart disease.

Veronica Nunley, an active tobacco prevention speaker based in Frankfort, said she would like to see Kentucky ranked at least number two before she retires.

Her statistics derive from the national Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and national research publication Tobacco Control.

She shared these and many other statistics Thursday at Tobacco 101, hosted at the Richmond Teen Center and sponsored by the Madison County Community Partnership along with the faith task force, the Tobacco Prevention Enhancement Site and the Madison County Health Department.

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