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Helping People Quit Commercial Tobacco

Many people who use commercial tobacco want to quit. The good news: free help is available to all Kansans. People who use phone coaching and quit medications are twice as likely to successfully quit.

Learn About the Kansas Free Quit Support Programs

The Kansas Tobacco Quitline provides FREE one-on-one coaching for Kansans ready to quit using any form of tobacco. It is designed to help the tobacco user take control of their attempt to quit. Trained coaches provide participants support and help them create an individual plan to quit tobacco use and fight cravings. The Quitline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online and by phone at www.KSquit.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Download the Kansas Tobacco Quitline Rack Card.
Download the Vaping Information Rack Card.
Download the Spanish Vaping Information Rack Card.

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Providers and other professionals can access the Kansas Tobacco Cessation Help (KaTCH) FREE self-directed training, which is accredited for 2 hours medical CME, nursing CNE and pharmacy CPE. It is structured into 7 learning modules, each ranging from 15-30 minutes. Modules include information on vaping, teen tobacco use and Quitline counseling call samples.

Download the KaTCH Training Rack Card.

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My Life, My QuitTM is a program to help Kansas teens ages 13-17 quit tobacco and nicotine, including the use of vaping products. The program is free, confidential and provides developmentally appropriate education. Youth will work with a coach who has received additional training for engaging youth and the social influences of tobacco and vaping products. Youth can call or text 1-855-891-9989 to enroll or visit www.mylifemyquit.com

Download the My Life, My QuitTM Rack Card.

The American Indian program is available for any Kansas resident who identifies as American Indian. The American Indian program has a dedicated team of American Indian coaches who understand culture and respect traditions. In addition to up to 10 one-on-one coaching sessions, the program offers email and text support and educational materials. Call 855-5AI-QUIT or visit https://aiquitline.com

The Behavioral Health Program offers specialized support for people living with substance abuse disorder or mental illness, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Alcohol or Substance Abuse Disorder. The program offers 7 phone sessions with coaches who can help enrollees understand their tobacco use in connection to their mood, thoughts, and behaviors and help develop a personalized quit plan to provide prevention tips and coping techniques. Enrollees are eligible for 4 weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (choice of patch, gum, lozenge) shipped to their home. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

Download the Behavioral Health Program Flyer.

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Program offers judgement-free support to help pregnant and postpartum women. The program offers 5 coaching sessions during pregnancy and 4 sessions postpartum with the same female coach. It also includes the option to receive free text message support. The program can be personalized to a mother's needs, whether they are planning to become pregnant, are currently pregnant, or just had a baby. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

Download the Tobacco Use & Pregnancy Rack Card.
Download the Spanish Tobacco Use & Pregnancy Rack Card.
Download the Early Childhood Rack Card.
Download the Spanish Early Childhood Rack Card.

KanCare (Aetna, Sunflower and United Healthcare) recipients in Kansas are eligible for up to 4 rounds of any FDA-approved cessation medication per year with no lifetime caps. Recipients also have access to ongoing tobacco cessation counseling services with no annual or lifetime caps. The Kansas Tobacco Quitline will provide two weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (choice of patch, gum, lozenge) shipped to the home of KanCare members who can provide their member identification number during the intake process.

Download the KanCare Tobacco Cessation Benefits Rack Card.

Refer the People You Serve to Free Quit Support

All Kansas residents – whether they have health insurance or not – have access to free support to quit commercial tobacco. Health care providers and community-based organizations can refer patients and clients to free support.

  1. As you and your client talk about their commercial tobacco use, you can offer the option of having a trained Quitline health coach call the patient or client.
  2. If your patient agrees, visit How to Refer Patients and complete the fax or web referral form.
  3. Once you submit the referral to the Quitline, a health coach will contact your patient within 24 hours to offer enrollment.

For more information, visit How to Refer Patients.

Quitline's health coaches have extensive training to guide individuals through behavioral counseling and medication support. Coaches are dedicated to working with participants one-on-one to create a quit plan that will work for them.
In Kansas:

  • Nearly one in four (24.4%) Kansas adults use at least one of the following products: conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and/or smokeless tobacco.1
  • Current cigarette smoking has significantly decreased since 2011, but prevalence is still high among vulnerable subpopulations. Overall, 16.2% of Kansas adults still smoke cigarettes,2 and tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in Kansas.3
  • More than one in four (27.1%) Kansas adults have ever used e-cigarettes. 6.9% of Kansas adults currently use e-cigarettes.2

References

  1. Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (KS BRFSS), 2019. Kansas Department of Health and Environment. https://www.kdheks.gov/brfss
  2. Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (KS BRFSS), 2019. Kansas Department of Health and Environment. https://www.kdheks.gov/brfss/Questionnaires/quest2019.html#ECigaretteUse
  3. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The Toll of Tobacco in the United States . Published May 18, 2021. Accessed June 18, 2021. https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/problem/toll-us