Rural Tobacco Wars Still Smoking

Supporters of increasing the cigarette tax launched a campaign in 2017.
By Mary Meehan

Kentucky and the Ohio Valley still have some of the highest rates of smoking in the country. Even getting smoking bans in place can be a challenge. It was just a few years ago, an elected official told me he couldn’t be sure that tobacco caused cancer. He was not re-elected. The smoking ban, however, remains illusive.



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