Kansas Tobacco Quitline: Twenty Years of Helping Kansans Quit

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Environment, celebrates 20 years of helping Kansans achieve a tobacco-free life.

Since 2003, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline has provided free, one-on-one coaching for Kansans ready to quit using any form of tobacco, including vaping. Professional counseling is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in multiple languages. Participants will be matched with tailored programs designed for youth, pregnant women, American Indians, and individuals with behavioral health or substance use conditions. The Quitline can be easily reached by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting the website at ksquit.org.

“Individuals who use any form of tobacco, including vaping, often try to quit multiple times before succeeding, but proven treatments, including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, are available to improve your chances to quit for good,” Matthew Schrock, cessation coordinator, said. “Quitline participants can choose a lozenge, gum, or patch that will be mailed directly to their home at no cost to help combat nicotine cravings. The Quitline will distribute the nicotine replacement therapy in two-week doses after completion of the first and second phone coaching calls.”

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The Quitline’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Program offers participants a $30 Mastercard gift card for every phone coaching call completed. This program offers up to 5 coaching sessions during pregnancy and four sessions postpartum with the same female coach each time. Participants can also receive free text message support.

The Quitline is a proven treatment option to help Kansans stay tobacco-free. The Kansas Tobacco Quitline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be easily accessed by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visiting the online website at https://kansas.quitlogix.org/. For additional resources and information about tobacco use in Kansas, visit kdhe.ks.gov/823.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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