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.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

California company finalizes agreement to buy two KC area hospitals

0 | Oct. 14, 2014 | Hospitals

Prime Healthcare Services will acquire St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

Measles, pertussis vex Kansas health workers as Ebola steals headlines

0 | Oct. 15, 2014 | KDHE, Immunizations, Public Health

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some are working to convince residents to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases.

Prescription prices steep, even for those with insurance

0 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

As insurers and employers shift more of the cost to patients, some struggle to pay for high-priced prescription drugs for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or HIV/AIDS.

Advocates ready another push for mid-level dental providers

0 | Oct. 17, 2014 | Advocacy, Oral Health

Advocates say the need for dental care remains high, especially in rural areas, and they hope the Legislature will approve licensing for mid-level dental practitioners.

Brownback signs controversial health care compact bill

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders. The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

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.

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs

2 | Oct. 07, 2014 | DCF

State officials say their goal is to help 2,000 Kansans with disabilities find “integrated employment,” meaning competitive jobs rather than so-called “sheltered employment.”

State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

1 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Early Childhood, DCF

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

2 | Oct. 01, 2014 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

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