WAVE 3 Editorial - July 25, 2013: JCPS Tobacco-Free - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 Editorial - July 25, 2013: JCPS Tobacco-Free

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky has a love-hate relationship with tobacco. 

For decades, Kentucky was a national leader in tobacco production and thousands of families paid the bills after their burley went from their farms to market. Tobacco money helped pay many college tuition bills.

On the flip side, Kentucky is a leader nationally in the number of high school students who smoke. The Commonwealth also deals with one of the highest rates of cancer in the nation.

Hats off to the Jefferson County School Board for joining two dozen other Kentucky school districts in totally banning tobacco products from school campuses. Board members made a statement that will hopefully curb both of those non-flattering leadership statistics.

Students can't smoke on campus. Teachers and staff members can't either, and parents and visitors can't light up while on school property or at athletic venues or when they attend school field trips.

By not exposing students to others who smoke while at school functions, chances increase of reducing the number of young people who start the smoking habit. That will help them in more ways than they realize now.

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