For Immediate Release
November 14, 2011

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

Great American Smokeout, Nov. 17

KDHE Urges Smokers To Quit

Topeka - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages people to quit smoking as part of the 36th American Cancer Society Great American Smokeoutâ on Thursday, Nov. 17. To provide assistance to tobacco users who are ready to quit, the department offers cessation support and information online at www.QuitNow.net/Kansas or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

“The Great American Smokeout is an excellent date to schedule your quit attempt because you will be quitting with thousands of other smokers across the country,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.  “Quitting tobacco takes work, but creating a plan with your health care provider and getting support from the Kansas Tobacco Quitline can make the process easier and increase your chances of success. Becoming tobacco-free will improve your health and reduce your risks of cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases and stroke.”

When Kansans are ready to quit smoking, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline www.QuitNow.net/Kansas or 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) is ready to help. The Quitline is a service provided at no cost to Kansas participants. Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or by phone.

A counselor works with participants during e-mails, live chats or one-on-one phone calls to prepare for a quit date and create a plan to fight cravings and face other challenges. Follow-up e-mails, live chats or phone 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.   

KDHE’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the Kansas Tobacco Quitline 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 Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco. More information about the Great American Smokeout can be found at www.greatamericansmokeout.org.