LOUISVILLE (September 21, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to participate in a community educational forum next week to discuss the possibility of expanding Louisville’s Smoke-free ordinance to include electronic-cigarettes and hookah products.
The Department of Public Health and Wellness will host the event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at its headquarters, 400 E. Gray St. The public will have the opportunity to hear from local experts, ask questions and share comments.
Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, FAHA, professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine;
Robert Jacobs, PhD, professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences;
Paul Kiser, PhD; assistant professor at Bellarmine University;
Carol Riker, MSN, RN, Associate Professor Emeritus, UK College of Nursing;
Monica Mundy, MPH, Community Advisor for the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at the University of Kentucky.
In 2008, Louisville enacted a comprehensive Smoke-free ordinance, prohibiting smoking tobacco products in all indoor public places and worksites.
Since passage of the ordinance, e-cigarettes and hookah products have come on the market. More than 500 communities across the country, including 13 in Kentucky, already include e-cigarettes or hookah in their smoke-free laws. Many local businesses, healthcare facilities and educational institutions in Louisville also include e-cigarettes or hookah in their own wellness policies.
At the event next Wednesday, experts will present scientific data on the effects of secondhand exposure to e-cigarettes and hookah products. The public is encouraged to ask questions and offer comments.