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Public health officials in Kentucky have launched another phase of their campaign to help people who want to give up tobacco.

Officials say the new public information campaign by the Department for Public Health includes broadcast, print and digital ads. It also features outreach to medical providers and community engagement initiatives aimed at boosting public awareness of the campaign.

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Members of the Murray City Council are considering implementing a smoke-free ordinance. The Public Safety Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss whether to draft such an ordinance and how strict the ordinance should be.

"I'd like to see the whole city be smoke-free," said Murray Mayor Jack Rose.

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An Illinois senate committee has endorsed raising the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.

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  A cancer care executive has told a legislative panel that smoking-related diseases are causing a higher death toll in Kentucky than the epidemic from opioid overdoses.

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  A state with one of the highest smoking rates in the country is paying farmers to paint anti-smoking messages on old tobacco barns.

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Last year, more than a thousand Ohio Valley farmers used a complicated federal visa program to hire some 8,000 foreign workers for seasonal jobs. Farmers say the visa program is too bureaucratic, and a bill before Congress promises to cut red tape. But labor advocates say the bill would strip guest workers of many protections in an industry where wage theft is already a problem.

On Strike: Migrant Workers On Visa Program Claim Unfair Pay

Oct 18, 2017
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Workers on a tobacco farm in Garrard County, Kentucky have now been on strike for over two weeks. Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports the action is part of a growing movement to organize migrant farm workers in the country on a federal visa program.

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With Kentucky struggling with health issues from lung cancer to opioid addiction, the president and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky payed a visit to the Purchase Area early this week to discuss regional wellness. Matt Markgraf speaks with former Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler about tobacco, opioids, health accessibility and politics.

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The Food and Drug Administration’s first proposed regulation related to smokeless tobacco is getting attention from agriculture and health officials in Kentucky. 

In recent months, some Brits have expressed their distaste for European Union regulations — a frustration that helped motivate the Brexit vote last summer.

But this weekend, new regulations on the tobacco industry came into force in the United Kingdom, and they go even further than what an EU directive required.

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