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Vision Statement:  A Tobacco Free Kansas.

Mission Statement: Eliminate tobacco use among Kansans through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

Core Values: Tenacity, Evidence Based Decision Making, Leadership, Passion, Strategic Action, Innovation and Integrity.

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Other goals of the Coalition are:

  • To prevent children from beginning a lifelong addiction to tobacco.
  • To help those who want to quit using tobacco products.
  • To protect Kansans from exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • To protect and assist those populations disparately affected by tobacco use.

Members: The Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition is statewide alliance of health, medical, education, parent, youth, law enforcement, health coalitions and individuals advocating for laws, policies and funding of proven programs to significantly reduce tobacco use and addiction, especially among children and high-risk populations. 

These individuals and organizations are committed to reducing the health and health cost burden caused by tobacco use in Kansas.  Major health organizations, voluntary health and professional health associations, local health departments, regional prevention centers, state agencies have joined forces over the past 20 years to develop programs and policies that reduce the prevalence of tobacco use by both adults and youth.

 

History of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition

Since the early 1990's, the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition and partner organizations have worked on strategies and policies to reduce the economic and physical harm caused by tobacco use in the state of Kansas. These efforts have involved developing policy positions regarding tobacco use, advocating for policy changes related to reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, increasing the price of tobacco products, empowering youth to resist tobacco use, helping to promote tobacco control media campaigns, providing technical assistance to communities on prevention and cessation efforts.

Tobacco control accomplishments

  1. Model youth access law (Wichita, 1990's)
  2. The first major smoke free restaurant ordinance (Salina, 2001)
  3. $0.55 cigarette tax increase (2002)
  4. Comprehensive smoke free workplace policy (Lawrence, 2004)
  5. Model tobacco-use prevention and cessation program (Saline County)
  6. 39 local clean indoor air policies adopted (2002-2009)
  7. Adoption of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act (2010)
  8. Additional $0.50 cigarette tax increase for a total of $1.29/pack (2015)
  9. Twenty local ordinances increasing age of tobacco purchase to 21 (2015-current)
  10. Expanded cessation coverage for Medicaid recipients (2018)
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