Tobacco Free Living

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Its harm extends beyond tobacco users and affects those exposed to secondhand smoke.

  • Kentucky consistently ranks as the #1 or #2 state in the country in the percentage of its citizens who continue to use tobacco.
  • The smoking related costs in Kentucky are estimated at 3.6 billion dollars each year.
  • In 2009 26% of Kentucky citizens regularly used tobacco. Here in Louisville we’re only somewhat better with 24% of Louisville citizens still using tobacco.
  • in Louisville one in four (1 in 4) adults smokes.

Louisville has adopted the four Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goals to reduce the negative health effects due to tobacco use:

  1. Prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people
  2. Promote quitting among young people and adults
  3. Eliminate nonsmokers’ exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
  4. Identify and eliminate the disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among different population groups

Learn more about tobacco use and smoking.

If you are a landlord or property manager, click here to see resources to help you implement a smoke-free policy.