Tobacco

Tobacco is a leading cause of chronic illness and death in Kansas. Legal efforts to curb or mitigate its use through statewide restrictions have been a source of heated debate. State lawmakers after multiple attempts have passed a statewide smoking ban and are considering increasing the tobacco tax. At least 35 Kansas cities and three counties enacted local restrictions before state lawmakers agreed to a statewide ban. KHI research and news reports focus on the policies dealing with tobacco control and their consequences.

E-cigarettes on the rise, but still unregulated

Expert says they could be effective in quitting cigarettes or even more addictive, depending on how regulated

4 | Government, Tobacco

Nationwide e-cigarettes are booming, with annual sales projected to reach $1.7 billion by year’s end. However, the battery-operated devices — which vaporize liquid containing nicotine — have yet to be regulated by the federal government, though officials have pledged for two years now that they ultimately will be.

Policy and Research

Memo to House Health and Human Services Committee on secondhand smoke impacts

0 | Feb. 15, 2010 | Tobacco

The House Health and Human Services Committee requested additional information from the Kansas Health Institute on the impacts of secondhand smoke on three areas.

Testimony - Statewide Smoking Bans: A Research Perspective (2010 HB 2642)

0 | Feb. 11, 2010 | KHI Legislative Testimony, Tobacco

In testimony to the House Health and Human Services Committee, KHI summarizes the research about the impact of smoke-free policies.

Economic Impact of Lawrence Smoke-Free Ordinance

0 | Jan. 01, 2009 | Community Health, Tobacco

There has been much debate about the impact of Lawrence's comprehensive smoke-free ordinance on the restaurant and bar industry. This KHI study indicates that the ordinance did not negatively affect the industry as a whole.

Testimony to 2009 Legislature on state-wide smoke-free legislation

0 | Mar. 10, 2009 | KHI Legislative Testimony

The Kansas Health Institute provided information to the Kansas Legislature and stakeholders regarding various bills that would have created a state-wide smoke-free law in 2009.

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Investors haul in nearly half the tobacco settlement cash

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Tobacco

An updated analysis by ProPublica shows that investors are getting about 44 percent, or nearly one in every two dollars that tobacco companies pay out each year as part of the 1998 legal settlement.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Tobacco

E-cigarettes have only been around the United States for about seven years and largely have been left unregulated by the federal government and most state governments.

Report: Tobacco use significantly higher among mentally ill adults

0 | Jul. 08, 2014 | Foundations, Tobacco

Mentally ill Kansas adults smoke at double the rate of the general population, according to a new report.

Groups call again for tobacco ban at baseball parks

0 | Jun. 25, 2014 | Advocacy, Tobacco

Nine major public health advocacy groups have sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig calling for a "complete prohibition" on tobacco use at ballparks and by players on camera. The letter comes after the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who attributed his cancer to use of chewing tobacco.

Foundation president sounds alarm on state’s drop in health rankings

0 | Jun. 06, 2014 | Child Health, Foundations, Obesity, Tobacco

The 2013 health rankings compiled by the United Health Foundation listed Kansas as the 27th healthiest state in the nation - down from eighth in 1991.

Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

Delay in major Obamacare provision raises doubts at critical stage of rollout

0 | Jul. 03, 2013 | Health Reform

The Obama administration's decision Tuesday to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage — postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable.

DD groups largely reconciled to KanCare carve-in

1 | Jul. 15, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

After opposing the move for nearly two years, providers of long-term services for the developmentally disabled say they now are largely resigned to the state’s plan to fully include their system in KanCare. But that doesn’t mean all the questions and worries about the proposed changes have gone away. Chief among them seems to be this: How will the whole thing work? Of the 80 people who attended a public hearing in Wichita, most who commented expressed concerns about adding long-term DD supports to KanCare. At Tuesday's meeting in Topeka, similar concerns were raised.

Breastfeeding advocates to meet in Wichita

0 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Advocacy, Child Health, Children, Community Health, Early Childhood, KDHE, Health Care Delivery

Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding organizers expect 200 people - doctors, nurses, program directors, advocates - to attend the daylong session in Wichita.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | KanCare

A legislator on the KanCare oversight committee questioned whether the Medicaid managed care program is headed for a shakeup after distributing information about operating losses in the first half of 2014.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

Respiratory illness sickens hundreds of KC area children

1 | Sep. 03, 2014 | Child Health

KDHE spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the department is investigating whether any of the young patients treated at Children's Mercy are from Kansas.

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