Beshear to push plan to cut smoking rates in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear says he’ll propose a major health initiative that includes the goal of cutting Kentucky’s smoking rate by 10 percent by 2018.

The governor told lawmakers in his annual State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night that tobacco is the single-biggest factor hurting the state’s health.

He says he’ll again support a statewide smoking ban in public places. Beshear says many Kentuckians live in places with such bans, and says it’s time to “fill in the map” and protect everyone.

Beshear is also pushing legislation to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors.

Kentucky ranks among the worst nationally in almost every major health category.

He says other goals in his proposal will be cutting obesity rates and reducing cancer deaths by increasing screening rates.

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