For Immediate Release
November 14, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Urges Quitting Tobacco for Great American Smokeout, Nov. 15

Secondhand Smoke Puts Family Members and Others at Risk

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is educating people about the dangers of secondhand smoke as part of the 31st Annual American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout ® on Thursday, November 15. The department also offers a 24-hour, toll-free Quitline to help tobacco users quit.

“Quitting tobacco is tough, but it may very well save your life or someone else’s, perhaps that of a family member,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “That is why during this Great American Smokeout we are reminding smokers of the free help available to quit, while focusing on the dangers of secondhand smoke as a reason for people to quit.”

According to the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program, non-smokers often inhale amounts of secondhand smoke that are equal to the amounts that smokers are exposed to. For example:

Kansans are encouraged to get help quitting by calling the toll-free, 24-hour Kansas Tobacco Quitline 1-866-KAN-STOP (1-866-526-7867). Experienced quit coaches will work with callers to prepare for a quit date and help them make a free personalized quit plan.

American Cancer Society researchers recently reported that reductions in tobacco smoking account for about 40 percent of the decrease in cancer death rates among men between 1991 and 2003, and have prevented at least 146,000 cancer deaths during that time.

The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development local tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives. For additional information about the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit Visit for more information about the Great American Smokeout.

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