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.
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.
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.
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
Model youth access law
The first major smoke free restaurant ordinance in Salina in 2001
55-cent cigarette tax increase in 2002
Comprehensive smoke free workplace policy in Lawrence in 2004
Model tobacco-use prevention and cessation program in Saline County
39 local clean indoor air policies adopted between 2002 and 2009
After three years of effort, the adoption of a statewide clean indoor air law in 2010
Establishment of youth empowerment groups across Kansas through a statewide board and mini grant program