Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program

The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides resources and assistance to state and local partners for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local initiatives to prevent death and disease from tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

The program focuses on four priority areas: 1) Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people, 2) Promoting quitting among tobacco users of all ages, 3) Eliminating nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke, and 4) Identifying and eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among different population groups



18% of Kansas adults 18 years and older currently smoke cigarettes.1

19.5% of Kansas men currently smoke cigarettes.1

16.7% of Kansas women currently smoke cigarettes.1

58.6% of current adult smokers stopped smoking for one or more days in the past 12 months because they were trying to quit smoking.2


13% of Kansas high school students are current cigarette smokers. More than one third of those students want to quit.3

11.1% of high school males currently use smokeless tobacco3 compared to 12.8% of male high school students nationally.4

34% of middle school students and 35% of high school students live with someone who smokes cigarettes.3

24.1% of high school students used at least one form of tobacco. This includes cigarettes, spit or smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes and other forms of smoked tobacco.3

1 2014 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System |
2 2014 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System |
3 2011/2012 Kansas Youth Tobacco Survey |
4 National High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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