Strong push to reduce County’s high smoking rate
Wyandotte County smokers can get free stop-smoking medication, including gum, patches and lozenges, through the Kansas Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) in June and July.
Although this offer is a part a nationwide campaign, the efforts to help people quit are particularly important for Wyandotte County, where 24.1% of adults smoke – one of the highest smoking rates in Kansas.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the community, and quitting benefits health and quality of life both in the short term and the long term. When a person quits, in a matter of minutes their heart rate and blood pressure drop; within three months their lung function improves; and in five years their risk of stroke can be the same a non-smoker. Quitting is also good for their wallet – the average Kansas smoker would save $1,500 each year if they quit.
The fight to quit smoking, however, is not an easy one. Most smokers want to quit—around 62% of Wyandotte County smokers try to quit each year, but it is difficult without help. Medications like nicotine gum, patches and lozenges double a person’s chance of staying quit long term.
Here’s how smokers and other tobacco users can receive free medications to help them quit:
- Call the Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) and enroll in the Quitline program
- Answer a few questions to make sure they are medically eligible to receive NRT
- Callers will have a choice of 2-week starter kits of nicotine lozenges, gum, or patches, which will be mailed directly to their home.
- This free offer began on June 4 and will be available while supplies last
Here’s more information on free NRT
Learn more about local efforts to help Wyandotte County residents quit smoking and help youth from becoming addicted.