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Smoke-Free Coalition Gathers Steam in Madisonville Along 10-Stop Tour

smoke-freeMADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/1/14) — The Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition made Baptist Health in Madisonville one of its stops Friday, Aug. 1 along its 10-city tour.

The coalition is encouraging support of a statewide smoke-free law that would cover 11 indoor workplaces and public places including bars and restaurants.

At the Madisonville “On the Road to a Healthier Kentucky” stop, Dr. Wayne Lipson, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon from Baptist Health Madisonville, spoke to the audience gathered outside the Mahr Cancer Center.

“There is a lot of lung cancer out in the community,” said Lipson. “Unfortunately, because of resources, a lot of that is not seen until it's too late. With these kinds of efforts, hopefully, we can keep that number limited, and also get the education out there to help with smoking cessation.”

Dr. Laura Hancock-Jones, University of Kentucky Dental Outreach and Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, also addressed the group saying that smoking leads to tooth loss.

Lisa Miller from the Hopkins County Health Department received the “Smoke-Free Warrior Award” during the presentation.

Those attending the presentation were offered water bottles, T-shirts, notepads, stickers and other items. They were asked to fill out requests for state legislators regarding each person's opinion on statewide smoke-free laws.

Also on the Smoke-Free Kentucky “On the Road to a Healthier Kentucky” tour will be a stop at Baptist Health in Paducah.

The tour culminates in a trip to the annual political picnic, Fancy Farm.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
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