Media

Here you will find media including BH WELL press coverages and a PSA series about teenage Juul use.


Luka Kinard became addicted to Juul when he was 14. Now 17 years old, he wants to share his story in hopes of helping others who are also fighting Juul addiction. This media resource provides five brief messages from Luka and his mom, Kelly. They have a message for health educators, health providers, teachers, and parents. Luka also has a special message just for other teens like himself who might be fighting Juul addiction. Finally, there is a longer conversation (about 45 minutes) between Luka and his mom, Kelly, where they just talk about Luka’s journey with Juul addiction and how he has battled his addiction (and continues to daily) in exchange for getting his life back.

In conjunction with National Kick Butts Day 2021, UKNOW features BH WELL's first comic "When Nicotine Attacks: Fight the Crave" to encourage smoking cessation. 

UK Healthcare's 2020 Op-Ed piece: "Stop Using Tobacco Products and Be 'Lung Healthy' at Home" features Dr. Zim Okoli and Dr. Ellen Hahn encouraging others to quit tobacco in efforts to stay lung healthy in the pandemic. 

KET’s 2018 article, "Smoking Cessation: An Essential Part Of Mental Health Services," about smoking cessation features Dr. Zim Okoli’s evidence on the importance and difficulty of quitting in populations with mental illness.

KET featured Dr. Zim Okoli among other tobacco experts in the program, Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking. The show aired December 2017 at 9/8 pm on KET, and examines effective medications and behavioral strategies for tobacco users to quit.

UKNOW featured the story behind the research career of Dr. Zim Okoli in their 2017 article, "One Puff Spurs Nursing Researcher’s Lifelong Career Investigating Tobacco and Mental Illness."

In 2015, Dr. Okoli and other nurse researchers in UK’s College of Nursing were recognized in UKNOW for the excellence of the UK CON research portfolio and preparing nurses for the field.

Dr. Zim Okoli is featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader and UKNOW discussing a central focus of his research on patients with mental illness and nicotine use. He highlights the need to have a patient-centered care approach. Read the full 2015 article, “Patient-Centered Care Helps Overcome Mental Illness and Tobacco Use."