UK service to ‘Kick Butts’

In November 2009, UK’s tobacco-free policy took effect. Tobacco-free Take Action! reports that students and employees are five times more likely to enroll in tobacco treatment programs since this policy has been adopted.

In an effort to further promote a healthier environment for UK students and faculty, University Health Services will be sponsoring the event Kick Butts Day.

Benefits of smoke free policy

Benefits of smoke free policy

At Kick Butts Day there will be large white sheets covered with handprints on display. Each handprint will represent five lives lost each year due to the use of tobacco products, according to a news release.

According to the release, students at the event will also have access to information and resources that UK offers on how to stop smoking or how to help someone else quit.

There will be free giveaways, including free fountain drink coupons for on-campus dining locations.

“The goal of this event is to make students aware of our services,” Fadyia Lowe, the tobacco treatment specialist at University Health Services, said. “We want those who don’t smoke to know how to help those who do.”

Kick Butts Day has been coordinated around Earth Week events to promote awareness of the impact of smoking on the every day life and the environment, according to the release.

Cigarette butts are often not disposed of properly and end up on the ground. Butts are not biodegradable; it takes between 25 and 30 years for them to decompose. The use of tobacco products also contributes to deforestation, as one tree is wasted for every 300 cigarettes produced.

Kick Butts Day is sponsored by University Health Services, Student Wellness Association and Tobacco-free Task Force.

Tobacco store owner admits manipulating bank deposits to fool IRS

The owner of Mohican Discount Tobacco Shop in Rockholds told a federal judge she and other employees kept the company’s regular bank deposits, totaling more than $650,000 under the threshold that would require bank officials to report them to the IRS.

Not quit smoking, be non-smoker!

Not quit smoking, be non-smoker!

Denise Crawford, 44, pleaded guilty in U.S District Court in London Wednesday to once count of willfully causing a financial institution to fail to comply with record keeping and reporting regulations.

According to the plea agreement, Crawford admitted she and others made multiple bank deposits between July 28, 2009 and Jan. 14, 2010 at Hometown Bank of Corbin in order to avoid reporting the income. The deposits totaled $651,107.14.

Under federal law, banks that receive cash deposits in excess of $10,000 must final a transaction report with the federal government.

According to Kyle Edelan, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the money has been seized by the IRS.

Crawford faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison. In addition the company may be fined up to $500,000.

Crawford will be formally sentenced on Aug. 4

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