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Mayor Greg Fischer's health plan cracks down on e-cigs, obesity

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's mayor wants to crack down on e-cigarettes, hookah bars and obesity. It's all part of a plan to create a healthier culture for the largest city in one of the nation's most unhealthy states.

On Wednesday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a report called "Healthy Louisville 2020." Fischer says it's a six-year plan, and a road map to creating a healthier Louisville.

The first issue addressed is the city's recent attraction to e-cigarettes and hookah bars. The mayor tapped three Louisville Metro Council members to introduce an ordinance that would forbid the sale of e-cigs and hookah products to minors.

The heart of the new 62-page report is smoking and obesity. According to the report, approximately 32 percent of adults in Louisville smoke, while 15 percent of adolescents smoke; 29 percent of the population is considered obese.

Fischer says all of these issues contribute to Kentucky's early death rate, which is higher than the national average.

Fischer says his plan is, "built on science and fueled by strategies and best practices that we know can work," and added that if the plan is implemented, "Louisville will become a much healthier city."

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