For Immediate Release
November 13, 2009

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

KDHE Urges Smokers To Quit During Great American Smokeout, Nov. 19
Quitting Smoking Will Save Money

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging people to quit smoking as part of the 34th Annual American Cancer Society Great American Smokeoutâ on Thursday, November 19.  To provide assistance to tobacco users who are ready to quit, the department offers the 24-hour, toll-free Kansas Tobacco Quitline operated by the American Cancer Society.

“Quitting smoking is not easy, but it’s something that may save your life, or maybe even the life of a loved one,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “Along with many health benefits, stopping tobacco use will also benefit your wallet.”

A person who smokes a pack a day spends approximately $35 per week on cigarettes, $150 a month, more than $1,800 a year and more than $18,000 during 10 years.  Smokers can calculate their individual costs by visiting www.kdheks.gov/tobacco and selecting the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco Calculator.

When Kansans are ready to quit smoking, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) is ready to help.  The Quitline is a no cost service and enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  A counselor works with the caller during one-on-one phone calls to prepare for a quit date and create a plan to fight cravings and other challenges. Follow-up calls are arranged around participants’ schedules. Studies have found that using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco.   

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides resources and assistance to community coalitions to develop, enhance and evaluate state and local tobacco prevention initiatives.  For additional information about the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco. More information about the Great American Smokeout can be found at www.greatamericansmokeout.org.