tobacco http://wkyufm.org en Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://wkyufm.org/post/too-young-smoke-not-pick-tobacco Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.<p>One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.<p>"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.<p>A <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/125316" target="_blank">new report from Human Rights Watch</a> says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 48006 at http://wkyufm.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco WKU Author's New Book Finds Kentucky's Tobacco Industry Changing in Major Ways http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-authors-new-book-finds-kentuckys-tobacco-industry-changing-major-ways <p> Kentucky's tobacco industry has undergone major changes in the past few decades from the way it's grown and harvested, to the way it's sold and marketed. WKU folklore professor Dr. Ann Ferrell spent the past eight years researching what the changes have meant to tobacco families and what the future holds in her new book "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century". Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:14:32 +0000 Joe Corcoran 40346 at http://wkyufm.org Sequester Cuts Could Cost Kentucky Tobacco Farmers Millions of Dollars http://wkyufm.org/post/sequester-cuts-could-cost-kentucky-tobacco-farmers-millions-dollars <p></p><p>Kentucky tobacco farmers stand to lose an estimated $12 million because of federal budget cuts related to the sequester. Those cuts are scheduled to hit the next round of price support payments sent to about 100,000 Kentucky tobacco farmers and quota holders.</p><p>Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney told WKU Public Radio the payments should be exempt from the federal spending cuts.</p><p>"This shouldn't even be considered for sequestration because it's actually a contract that was signed between the tobacco producers and the tobacco manufacturers. Really, the federal government was just holding the money and making the program work."</p><p>Haney says members of Kentucky's congressional delegation and farm lobby are teaming up with their counterparts in other states as the next tobacco quota payment nears. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:48:14 +0000 Kevin Willis 40179 at http://wkyufm.org Sequester Cuts Could Cost Kentucky Tobacco Farmers Millions of Dollars End of Federal Tobacco Transition Program Could Impact Agriculture Across Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/end-federal-tobacco-transition-program-could-impact-agriculture-across-kentucky <p></p><p>The year 2014 may be one of uncertainty for Kentucky’s farmers.</p><p>The federal Tobacco Transition Payment Program will end in January. For 10 years, the program has given farmers across the nation money to diversify their crops away from tobacco. Earlier this year, a federal court found that Kentucky's management of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds was “non-diligent.” As a penalty a percentage of the payment will be withheld.</p><p>Roger Thomas is executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. He told lawmakers Wednesday the reduction could affect programs such as Kentucky Proud and state-supported farmer's markets.</p><p>“I’m hopeful, I’m optimistic that the programs that I have mentioned here today, the good programs that have such a tremendous impact on not just agriculture, but Kentucky as a whole, that these programs will be able to continue in the future as they had in the past.”</p><p>Thomas said he would have a clearer picture of the effect that reductions in federal funding will have by March next year. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:15:21 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39870 at http://wkyufm.org End of Federal Tobacco Transition Program Could Impact Agriculture Across Kentucky Tobacco Companies Spend Less on Advertising http://wkyufm.org/post/tobacco-companies-spend-less-advertising <p>The latest federal data shows the nation's top tobacco companies have reduced spending on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products in recent years. Figures from the Federal Trade Commission show cigarette marketing declined more than five percent to $8.05 billion from 2009 to 2010, the latest year for which figures are available. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:06:24 +0000 Associated Press 19572 at http://wkyufm.org Tobacco Companies Spend Less on Advertising Tobacco Crops Holding on Despite Dry, Hot Summer http://wkyufm.org/post/tobacco-crops-holding-despite-dry-hot-summer <p>For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief.&nbsp; A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought.&nbsp; Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Associated Press 17107 at http://wkyufm.org Tobacco Crops Holding on Despite Dry, Hot Summer New Zealand Takes Additional Steps to Reduce Smoking http://wkyufm.org/post/new-zealand-takes-additional-steps-reduce-smoking <p>Although many communities in the U.S. have taken steps to curb smoking, Kentucky tobacco growers continue to benefit from export sales. However, the government in New Zealand today is taking some very strong steps to discourage tobacco use. Thu, 24 May 2012 13:19:21 +0000 Dan Modlin & Associated Press 12939 at http://wkyufm.org New Zealand Takes Additional Steps to Reduce Smoking FDA Proposes New Regulations Regarding Tobacco http://wkyufm.org/post/fda-proposes-new-regulations-regarding-tobacco <p>Tobacco companies will be required to report the levels of dangerous chemicals found in chew, cigarettes, and other products under the latest rules designed to tighten regulation of the tobacco industry.&nbsp; The Associated Press reports that preliminary guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration marks the first time tobacco firms will be required to report quantities of 20 chemicals associated with lung disease, cancer, and other health problems.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Associated Press & Dan Modlin 10050 at http://wkyufm.org FDA Proposes New Regulations Regarding Tobacco Kentucky Researcher Urges "Third Way" for Nation's Smokers http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-researcher-urges-third-way-nations-smokers <p>Brad Rodu says it&#39;s time for the public health community to re-think how it looks at the smoking debate in this country.&nbsp; Rodu is head of the Tobacco Harm Reduction effort at the University of Louisville&#39;s James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He says for too long the smoking issue has come down to an all-or-nothing wager: smokers are told they either have to give up cigarettes, or keep smoking and die. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:24:02 +0000 Kevin Willis 9169 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Researcher Urges "Third Way" for Nation's Smokers