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Kentucky DPH out to educate about secondhand smoke

It should be common knowledge that secondhand cigarette smoke is unsafe and is linked to numerous forms of illness and disease, including asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), heart disease and lung cancer. To make sure more people are informed, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is launching its new “Unsafe" campaign to educate Kentuckians about the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke and its potential effect on family members, friends, co-workers and passersby. The campaign is entirely federally funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and grant dollars from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a related story, Health advocates in Kentucky believe a statewide smoking ban is part of the answer to improving the state's national rankings in helping smokers kick the habit. The American Lung Association (ALA) says in a new report that Kentucky lags behind a number of other states in providing smoking cessation and treatment programs.

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