For Immediate Release
May 1, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Releases Report on Secondhand Smoke

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently released the 2009 Secondhand Smoke Report.  This report highlights current information on the health effects of secondhand smoke, what can be done to protect Kansans from this health danger, and the progress that has been made to reduce exposure at the local level.  To view the full report visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco .

“Secondhand smoke is a health hazard for non-smoking adults and children,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.  “Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke prevents disease and saves lives.”

Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory problems, ear infections and asthma attacks in infants and children. Each year approximately 400 Kansans die from exposure to secondhand smoke. 

The secondhand smoke report was produced by KDHE’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program, which follows the agency’s mission of promoting responsible choices to protect the health of all Kansans.  The program is working to improve Kansans’ health by reducing tobacco use, preventing youth from starting to use tobacco and reducing non-users’ exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the Kansas Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-748-8669) and provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information on the Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco.