Tobacco Policy Research to Air on Research Channel

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2009) − Tobacco Policy research conducted by Ellen Hahn, professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, and colleagues will be featured on the Research Channel May 27 and 28. The community engagement and research efforts of Hahn and her team resulted in the passage of a smoke-free ordinance in Lexington, Ky., in 2003, one of the first cities in Kentucky to do so. Since that time, 20 additional Kentucky communities have enacted smoke-free laws or regulations.

Studies conducted by Hahn’s group of researchers have provided information used by policymakers and community advocates as they debate the smoke-free issue at the local level. Hahn’s studies have shown that indoor air quality improved dramatically, workers reported immediate positive health effects, public opinion was favorable, fewer adults smoked, and emergency department visits for asthma declined after smoke-free laws were put in place.

Hahn and colleagues in economics have documented that smoke-free laws do not harm business even in tobacco country. In Lexington-Fayette County, there was a 32% drop in adult smoking, resulting in a health care cost savings of $21 million per year.

“Findings from our multiple studies reveal that smoke-free laws clear the air, promote health and save money,” Hahn said. “Smoke-free is a good business decision.”

Research Channel, headquartered at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., was founded by a consortium of leading research and academic institutions to share the valuable work of their researchers with the public. ResearchChannel is now available to nearly 38 million satellite and cable television subscribers and is also available on more than 80 university-and school-based cable systems in the United States and in other countries.

To learn more about the importance of smoke-free ordinances and the effects they have on the community, tune in to Research Channel (GMT), Channel 16 in Lexington, at 4:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, and 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28. All times are Eastern Standard Time. The program will also be aired on channel 9400 on the Dish Network, and is available online.

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