Free program to help Kansas smokers quit

Posted at 2:00 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 15:00:10-04

Eighteen percent of adults in Kansas smoke, but a free program from the state could help lower that number.  

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is offering free medication from June 20 - July 1. The nicotine replacement therapy programs include items like gum, lozenges, or patches.

In order to take advantage of the program you must enroll in Quitline. That program is designed to help smokers kick the habit. To enroll, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Smokers are paired up with a coach to guide them through the process.

The KDHE says about 480,000 Americans die each year from smoking. Sixteen million Americans suffer from at least one disease related to smoking.