Kentucky saw a significant decrease in the number of high school students currently smoking, according to a 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Officials think the drop may be due to Kentucky’s efforts in recent years to enforce strict tobacco-free policies in campus environments across the state. Thirty-five percent of Kentucky’s school districts are now tobacco-free, with many more districts expected to adopt policies in the coming year.
“School districts want to hear from their peers and hear from colleagues who have gone through the process already,” said Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, youth policy analyst with the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program in DPH. “By demonstrating that others have successfully adopted the policy and experienced positive results, we are able to encourage more school administrators to consider going tobacco free.”
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