Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-866-KAN-STOP)
Are you thinking about quitting smoking. Are you aware that there is a fabulous free service to help you quit? Keep reading….And if you know someone who is thinking about quitting, forward this information to them.
What is the Quitline? The Quitline is a great resource for Kansans who are ready to quit using tobacco. It’s a toll-free number for the tobacco user to call to get a free, personalized plan to quit using tobacco. It’s free and many people find personal counseling very effective.
How does the Quitline work? The Quitline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call in, an intake specialist asks you a series of questions to analyze your readiness to quit. If you’re ready to begin the process of quitting, the person on the phone works to develop a schedule of discussions with your tobacco counselor and works with you to develop a unique plan to help YOU quit using tobacco. You will then be sent a variety of materials with information on helping you quit!
How much does it cost to call/use the Quitline? Absolutely nothing. It is free to the user.
Why is the Quitline something I should try? Because personalized counseling is proven to help some people stop using tobacco. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford 4-5 sessions with a counselor, which is the benefit of the Quitline. The service offers free counseling for any Kansan to stop using tobacco.
According to the American Cancer Society, using the Quitline doubles your chance of being successful in your quit attempt!
I’ve been smoking for 35 years. Why should I try to quit now?
Because it will provide substantial health benefits to you and those you love. After quitting, your risk of heart disease, stroke, a number of cancers and many other diseases will be reduced. You will have more disposable income and your friends and family won’t be exposed to deadly secondhand smoke.
Is Nicotine Replacement Therapy offered through the Quitline? No, though information on these products is available. For information on over-the-counter and prescription quitting aids, speak to your physician.
Will my information be shared? No. Personal information is kept completely confidential.
Who operates the Quitline? Who pays for it? The Kansas Toll-Free Quitline is operated by the American Cancer Society’s Quitline Services. The Quitline is funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How many times can I call the Quitline? The average number of counseling sessions is four. However, people in special situations, such as those who are pregnant or suffering from depression, usually have 5 counseling sessions.
Call the Toll-Free QUITLINE: 1-866-KAN-STOP (1-888-526-7867)
Proactive tobacco cessation counseling is available: Monday thru Thursday 6am – 11pm CST Friday 6am – 8pm CST Saturday-Sunday 8am – 6pm CST
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If you need a little boost to inspire you to quit…these facts may be of interest. According to the 2004 Kansas Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
According to the 2002 Kansas Youth Tobacco survey:
* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2001. Accessed: May 2004.
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