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6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

STORYCORPS: Health Educators Take On Tobacco Culture In Bourbon County

This week we hear from two health educators who faced long odds in enacting smoke-free policies in Bourbon County.

Bourbon County Health Educators Phyllis Robinson and Cyndi Steele
Credit Kentucky Center For Smoke Free Policy
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It’s time for another visit to the story corps project commemorating the tenth anniversary of Lexington’s no-smoking ordinance.  The history making vote represented a significant cultural shift in tobacco-rich Kentucky and inspired other counties, cities and towns to follow Lexington’s lead. 

Cyndi Steele and Phyllis Robinson are two health educators who faced long odds in enacting smoke-free policies in nearby Bourbon County.   

Cyndi, a non-native Kentuckian, made a splash early in her tenure with the local health department when she initiated a study on tobacco use amongst adults as well as teenagers.

In this StoryCorps interview the two discuss their early efforts to change the culture in a top tobacco producing county in Central Kentucky.

Special thanks to the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy at kcsp.uky.edu for sharing the audio from its grant-funded oral history project. 

Information on smoke free policies is available here.

We’ll conclude our StoryCorps series on Lexington’s no-smoking ordinance next week.