Who We Are
A Tobacco-Free Kansas
Eliminate tobacco use among Kansans through advocacy, education, and collaboration.
Tenacity, Evidence-Based Decision Making, Leadership, Passion, Strategic Action, Innovation, and Integrity.
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.
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
- Model youth access law (Wichita, 1990’s)
- The first major smoke free restaurant ordinance (Salina, 2001)
- $0.55 cigarette tax increase (2002)
- Comprehensive smoke free workplace policy (Lawrence, 2004)
- Model tobacco-use prevention and cessation program (Saline County)
- 39 local clean indoor air policies adopted (2002-2009)
- Adoption of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act (2010)
- Additional $0.50 cigarette tax increase for a total of $1.29/pack (2015)
- Twenty local ordinances increasing age of tobacco purchase to 21 (2015-current)
- Expanded cessation coverage for Medicaid recipients (2018)
What We Do
Legislative Priority Guidelines
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition bases our legsilative priorities and targeted efforts on evidence-based, best practices from state and national partnerships.
Read below to find out more on statewide and national goals to prevent tobacco use.
Kansas Tobacco Control Strategic Plan
The Kansas State Tobacco Control Strategic Plan is the culmination of collaborative processes undertaken by state and local tobacco control partners. The following plan describes an integrated approach to implementing evidence-based interventions, strategies and activities that build on established partnerships, programs and networks that will help guide stakeholders, as they work together to prevent the harmful effects of tobacco use among Kansas youth and adults, particuarly among populations disproportionately impacted by tobacco.
It is important to recognize that all components of the plan must work together to produce the synergistic effects of a comprehensive tobacco control program.
Healthy Kansas 2020
Healthy Kansans 2020 is another important collaborative, strategic planning effort aimed at identifying and adopting health priorities that will improve the health of all Kansans. Healthy Kansans 2020 builds on the comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda, Healthy People 2020, to establish state-specific measures and initiatives.