FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2013


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


Become Smoke-Free in 2013

When you're ready, KDHE can help

TOPEKA, Kan - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can help people keep their resolutions to quit tobacco in 2013. To help tobacco users who are ready to quit, the department offers free cessation support and information online at www.KSquit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

"Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health," said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. "Everyone knows it's not easy to quit, but working with a Quit Coach at the Kansas Tobacco Quitline can help you achieve that goal. The Quitline is a free service available to all Kansans who are ready to quit tobacco."

The Quitline is a service provided at no cost to Kansas residents. Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except on major holidays) online or by phone. A Quit Coach™ 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. 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; however, weight gain is often a concern for people quitting tobacco use. Weight gain can be avoided when quitting tobacco use by planning ahead. Exercise can be an effective tool in quitting tobacco use. When the urge to use tobacco hits, people can 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, people can 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.