The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can help those who are ready to quit tobacco in 2015 keep their resolutions. KDHE offers free cessation support and information online at www.ksquit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).
With the convenience of their cell phone, Kansans can now use a new Quitline service, Text2Quit, to help quit tobacco.
“The new Text2Quit service and the Kansas Tobacco Quitline are great tools to help Kansans with their New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking,” said Susan Mosier, M.D., KDHE Interim Secretary and State Health Officer. “This free support and advice can help you achieve your goal to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco and improve your health.”
Text2Quit supplements phone and online Quitline services allowing individuals to connect with their Quit Coaches and keep on track with their quit plan from their cell phones. The texting option is made available during phone or online enrollment.
The Kansas Tobacco Quitline provides one-on-one, confidential support in a variety of ways. A Quit Coach who specializes in counseling people to quit tobacco is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except on major holidays) through the Quitline. Kansans can also sign up for additional Quit Coach support using live chat and email. Online users gain membership to a private, online community where they can watch videos, complete activities and join discussions with others in the program. The online services include trackers that measure individual progress and money saved.
Whether by phone, web or text, a Quit Coach is always available to work with Kansans through the entire process, including preparing for a quit date, creating a plan to fight cravings or helping with any other challenges along the way.
KDHE’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the Kansas Tobacco Quitline and provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information on the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco.