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Posted on: June 1, 2018

New tobacco cessation resources available for Kansans with behavioral health conditions

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The Kansas Tobacco Quitline is offering new resources to Kansans with behavioral health conditions (mental and/or substance use disorders).

For those who qualify, added services include more frequent calls from a counselor, a team of dedicated Quit Coaches specially trained in the challenges of quitting smoking for persons with mental illnesses and addictions, and a two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy, such as the patch, gum, or lozenge.

Facts about behavioral health and tobacco/nicotine use:

  1. People with mental illness and substance abuse are disproportionately affected with high smoking prevalence; they account for more than 200,000 of the 480,000 tobacco-attributable deaths in the United States annually.
  2. Smokers with mental health conditions want to quit as much as any other group of smokers.
  3. Research shows that quitting smoking can improve mental health and addiction recovery outcomes.


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