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What It Is

Each year more than 8,000 Kentuckians die of illnesses caused by tobacco use. Annually, Medicaid and Medicare costs exceed an estimated $1.2 billion for treatment of Kentuckians suffering from smoking-related diseases and conditions.

The Kentucky Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program's mission is to reduce preventable and premature deaths attributed to tobacco use by implementing programs to decrease tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. This includes local and statewide programs encouraging youth not to use tobacco products and helping those who want to quit.

Kentucky is one of 46 states to receive funds from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. With these funds and a grant from CDC, staff in the Kentucky Department for Public Health provide ongoing technical support and training for local health departments as well as funding to help achieve specific area goals.