Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and in Kansas. It typically begins as a choice and quickly progresses to an addiction that substantially impacts all Kansans, including individual tobacco users as well as those exposed to secondhand smoke.
When Kansans are ready to quit tobacco, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline is ready to help online 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 (except 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. Studies have found that using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco.
14.8% of Reno County adults currently smoke, 4.6% of adults use e-cigarettes and 5.5% use smokeless tobacco. Nearly one in four Kansas high school students has ever tried conventional cigarettes and 5.8% currently smoke conventional cigarettes. Nearly half (48.6%) Kansas high school students have ever tried e-cigarettes and 22% currently use e-cigarettes. 4,400 adults in Kansas die each year from their own smoking.