Students Rally for Tobacco-Free Schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A new campaign to prevent Kentucky kids from smoking is kicking off this week in Frankfort. 

Youth ambassadors are among those asking lawmakers to pass a statewide tobacco-free school law.

Legislation filed at the statehouse would make all Kentucky K-12 schools 100 percent tobacco-free beginning July 1st, 2020. The ban would include e-cigarettes. 

While teen smoking rates have fallen, e-cigarettes use among teens has risen more than 70 percent in the past year. 

Illnesses related to smoking are estimated to cost the state nearly $2 billion each year.

(Photo:  WLKY)

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