For Immediate Release
November 8, 2012

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

Great American Smokeout is Nov. 15

Kansas Tobacco Quitline Ready to Help

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages people to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15. To provide assistance to smokers who are ready to quit, the department offers cessation support and information online at www.KSquit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

“Many smokers in Kansas want to quit, but quitting isn’t easy,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “Becoming tobacco-free requires the support of friends and family and a plan that makes sense for each individual. Selecting a quit date is an important step and the Great American Smokeout offers folks a chance to feel a part of something bigger than themselves. People across America will take a stand for their health on Nov. 15 when they create a plan to quit or quit smoking. I encourage all smokers in Kansas to join them.”

“Quitting smoking is good for your health and good for your wallet,” said Paula Clayton, Director of KDHE Bureau of Health Promotion. “In fact, a pack-a-day smoker (at $5 per pack) who quits could save $200 between Nov. 15 and this Christmas.”

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

Studies have found that using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco. A counselor works with participants during emails, 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 emails, live chats or phone calls are arranged around participants’ schedules.

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.