For Immediate Release
December 28, 2011

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

KDHE Helps Tobacco Users With New Year's Resolution to Quit

TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can help people keep their resolutions to quit tobacco in 2012. KDHE offers free cessation support and information online at www.QuitNow.net/Kansas or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

“Quitting tobacco use will improve your health and reduce your risks of cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases and stroke,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “For people with diabetes, quitting tobacco use will also reduce the risk for diabetes complications.” 

When Kansans are ready to quit using tobacco, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline 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.   

Another common New Year’s resolution is losing weight, and weight gain is often a concern for people quitting tobacco use. Planning ahead is key. Exercise can be an effective tool in quitting tobacco use. When the urge to use tobacco hits, people should take a walk, go for a short run or participate in another physical activity they enjoy. Instead of replacing smoking or chewing tobacco with sweets or fatty food to fill the oral gratification, try chewing sugarless gum or snack on carrots, celery, other vegetables, air-popped popcorn, dried fruit or nuts.

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.