Spring Conference

Due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Kentucky Tobacco Control Conference has been canceled.


This difficult decision has been made based on the recommendations of Governor Beshear, the Centers for Disease Control, and our own organizations: the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky.  While we looked forward to coming together in Lexington on April 14 and 15, we know that social distancing is paramount as we respond to this illness. The health of conference participants and our communities is our top concern.


The good news is that – thanks to modern technology and the flexibility and generosity of our speakers – we hope to be able to bring you some of the presentations you would have heard at the conference, now virtually through webinars spread out over the coming months. The first of these webinars will take place during the original conference-time, on Wednesday, April 15 from 10 am to noon EST. Click here to register for this webinar.


In the coming months, we will also be developing a plan for the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy’s (KCSP’s) annual awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place on day two of the conference. We look forward to celebrating our communities’ and award-recipients’ successes together at a later date.


If you have questions about the conference being cancelled, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Downey (Jennifer.Downey@uky.edu) at BREATHE or Ellen H. Cartmell (EllenH.Cartmell@ky.gov) with the KY Tobacco Prevention & Control Program.


If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit kycovid19.ky.gov or call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.


Click here to view UKNow's story on the 2019 conference and award winners.

Join the conversation! Tweet us @kysmokefree and use the hashtag #kytobaccofree. We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference!