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.

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

KDADS awards $1M to south-central Kansas mental health coalition

0 | Sep. 24, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The coalition will provide services aimed at reducing the number of people with severe mental illnesses who are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in the state’s correctional system.

Democrats call for special committee to vet KanCare contracting

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | Legislature, KanCare

A spokesperson for Gov. Sam Brownback says the process to select private companies to operate the $3 billion KanCare program was "open and fair."

Panelist: Compact originator intent on Medicare privatization

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Health Reform

Legislators who passed a health care compact in Kansas said changes to Medicare were not the impetus, but a "Medicare coach" told a Johnson County crowd Tuesday that the originator of the multi-state compact favors privatizing the federally administered health care program for seniors.

Liver transplant reallocation plan on hold

0 | Sep. 26, 2014 | Congress, Health Care Delivery

The United Network for Organ Sharing's Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee decided it was not ready to recommend a change to the way organs are distributed.

House rejects another tax plan

0 | May. 31, 2013 | Legislature

The Kansas House Thursday night rejected the latest version of a tax plan that legislative leaders and Gov. Sam Brownback say is a key to ending the 2013 session.

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.

Health care compact rebuttal signed by 23 legislators

1 | Sep. 24, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform

The legislators' editorial counters an article critical of the compact written by members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.

Medicare expert says compact not on radar in DC

1 | Sep. 22, 2014 | Congress, Legislature, Health Reform

A health care compact bill designed to get Kansas and other states out of federal health regulations is gaining attention here for its possible Medicare implications. But a national expert on Medicare says the compact, which needs Congressional approval, is "not even on the back burner" in Washington, D.C.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

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.

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