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    Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Each year, SRS reports on the status of retail tobacco establishment sales of tobacco products to those under the age of 18.  The report, which is submitted to the the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, details the efforts and compliance rates of states that take in order to protect youth from easy access to cigarettes and other tobacco products.  The Synar Report for Kansas for FY 2013 notes that the non-compliance rate for the state has fallen to 3.2%, well under the outside limitation of 20%.

    2012 County Health Rankings in Kansas

    Click here for a map of the “numbers” of all the Kansas Healthy counties. Plus on the map are two maps that RWJ provided. No new news for Kansas in that SE Kansas remains high in health factors (use of tobacco, diet and exercise, alcohol use, sexual activity); high numbers in lack of postsecondary education, unemployment, family and social support and community safety. Lower numbers are healthier.

    National reports and information

    American Lung Association's - Helping Smoker's Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2012

    2012 Surgeon General's Report - Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

    The American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control for 2015 provides a detailed listing of the tobacco prevention and cessation progress on a state by state basis. See the Kansas section for a description of tobacco control programming and funding plus the grades received for action this past year: A for clean indoor air, F for tobacco tax rates, F for Tobacco Prevention and F for access to cessation services.

    2010 Surgeon General's Report How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease

    2006 Surgeon General's Report The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke

    Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs 2007 (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids information

    Broken  Promises details how the funding received by the states from the 1998 settlement of their lawsuits against the tobacco companies has been siphoned off for other purposes, with very little of the money assisting with tobacco prevention and cessation programming.  Although some states have used the Master Settlement Agreement funds for health-related purposes, over the years less and less has been made available to assist with health programming by helping to reduce the cost in dollars and lives that tobacco use has inflicted on the states. This report of December 6,  2012 shows Kansas as being 37th in rankings of states providing tobacco control funding for proven programs.

    Fact Sheets on the Burden of Tobacco

    Conference Presentations

    Dual Use of Smokeless Tobacco & Cigarettes: A Public Health Warning.   Dr. Terry Pechacek, Associate Director of Science with the Centers for Disease Control - Office of Smoking and Health, presented his findings at the Kansas Public Health Conference in Wichita on September 22, 2011.

    New Threats: Emerging Tobacco Products. Jena Chacko, Tobacco Use Prevention Program with Kansas Department of Health and Environment, presented this powerpoint of new and emerging tobacco products sold in Kansas at the July 14, 2011, Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition Statewide Meeting.

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment information

    K-12 School-based Tobacco Use Restrictions
    Many Kansas school districts are adopting policies that eliminate smoking and the use of tobacco products on school grounds and at school activities. See the KDHE website for sample school policies and the areas where such policies are in place. 

    Youth Tobacco Survey Data Highlights

    Synopsis of Kansas tobacco law

    Review the Kansas laws on smokefree areas, tobacco taxes, youth access to tobacco restrictions, and other regulations regarding cigarette and tobacco products sales, including penalties for violation. This information is gathered and summarized by state each year by the American Lung Association in its State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues.  Click here for a listing of Kansas laws as of January 2010.

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