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Beshear sets goals of reducing smoking, obesity, cancer rates in Kentucky
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:07 PM EST
Gov. Steve Beshear has rolled out a wide-ranging plan aimed at improving Kentucky's overall health.
Beshear said Thursday that Kentucky's dismal health status hurts productivity, from workplaces to classrooms. The state ranks among the worst nationally in smoking, obesity, cancer deaths and other chronic ailments.
Beshear says the goals will be met through executive and legislative actions, public-private partnerships and higher enrollments for health care coverage.
He says the push to lower smoking rates includes proposed legislation to impose a statewide smoking ban at workplaces and in public buildings. It also includes a proposed higher state cigarette tax rate.