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Kansas Statewide Smoking Ban May Prompt Smokers to Quit
Date:7/6/2010

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- There are more than 374,000 smokers in the state of Kansas and every year almost 3,800 of them die from a smoking-related illness.(1) As of July 1, they now have an added incentive to quit with the Kansas smoke free law that took effect in all restaurants, bars and workplaces as a result of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act.(2)

Research shows that policy changes, like the new statewide smoking ban, may prompt smokers to take an interest in quitting;(3) however, many people find that it is difficult to put down their cigarettes and walk away forever.  Quitting "cold turkey" is the most common method people try – it is also the least successful.(4)  In fact, approximately 95 percent of all cold turkey quit attempts fail.(4)

"Part of the reason why quitting cold turkey is unsuccessful for so many is that smokers don't realize they need to tackle both their nicotine addiction, as well as their own smoking habits to arrive at the best approach to quitting," said Saul Shiffman, Ph.D., professor in the departments of psychology and pharmaceutical science at the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Scientific Advisor at Pinney Associates, which provides consulting services to GlaxoSmithKline. "It's important for smokers to use available resources, such as online support and nicotine replacement therapy, to address their unique quitting needs and help them down the path of becoming smoke-free."

Kansas smokers interested in quitting can utilize a broad range of cessation tools available to them, such as counseling and behavioral support programs made available via
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