Kansas Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW
The Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) provides free one-on-one coaching to help tobacco users quit. The Quitline is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week in English, Spanish and 150 other languages. Trained counselors provide callers with support to create an individual plan for quitting. This free service is available to Kansans who are ready to quit tobacco. The Quitline is funded through a partnership between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the American Cancer Society. Fact Sheet.
1. Quit Smoking Today! http://www.smokefree.gov/
2. Freedom From Smoking online: http://www.ffsonline.org/
3. Is smokeless tobacco a safe alternative to smoking?http://www.webmd.com
4. How do I quit using smokeless tobacco? http://www.nidcr.nih.gov6: Kansas Tobacco Quitline Online Cessation Program
5. Secondhand Smoke
Breathing secondhand smoke is involuntary smoking and many Kansans are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and workplaces. Only 17.9 percent of adult Kansans smoke , which means more than 82 percent of Kansas adults are non-smokers and may be involuntary smokers.
According to a study conducted by the University of California the following describes how much secondhand smoke you are breathing in different situations:
- Spending 2 hours in the non-smoking section of a restaurant = smoking 1.5 cigarettes
- Living with a pack-a-day smoker = smoking 3 cigarettes a day
- Sitting behind a smoker in a bar for 2 hours = smoking 4 cigarettes
- Working 8 hours in a smoker-friendly office = smoking 6 cigarettes
- Working an 8-hour shift in a smoky bar = smoking 16 cigarettes
Public heath professionals and most Kansans are concerned about the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Approximately 9 out of every 10 Kansas adults believe that secondhand smoke is very harmful or somewhat harmful. Scientific research supports this belief and indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.