Tobacco Control Overview

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Tobacco use remains the top cause of preventable illness and death in Kansas. The Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health conducts internationally recognized research, teaching, and advocacy to eliminate tobacco-related harm.

RESEARCH

The department's tobacco control program began with efforts to improve treatment for African American smokers. That work has now expanded to multiple research efforts that seek better ways to reach and treat tobacco users. Department researchers now work with many underserved and high-risk communities, including American Indian, Latino, and rural tobacco users. To conduct this research, faculty collaborate with community groups, safety net clinics, primary care facilities and hospitals. Some of our major tobacco use initiatives are listed below:

  • Kick-it-at-Swope (KIS): Developing better ways to help African Americans quit smoking
  • KanQuit: Using principles of chronic disease management to improve cessation for rural smokers
  • EQUIP: Connecting hospitalized smokers with counseling services
  • I-ANBL: Using the internet to address tobacco control among American Indian college students
  • Decidete: Helping Latino smokers connect with tobacco treatment

EDUCATION

An online graduate course, "Tobacco and Public Health," allows public health students to study issues related to tobacco epidemiology and treatment. Medical students learn about principles of tobacco treatment in their first year and study systems-based approaches to tobacco control in the "Health of the Public" course. Faculty provide in-person and online trainings throughout the state, nationally, and internationally on the epidemiology and treatment of tobacco dependence.

Last modified: Jan 17, 2014
Community Engagement

We support our community research partners, including rural, African American, Latino, and American Indian communities, to help them achieve their tobacco control goals.

The department founded a hospital tobacco treatment service, UKanQuit, that serves hundreds of inpatients a year and has become a national model.

Our faculty hold leadership positions in local, state, and national organizations to further the reach of evidence-based tobacco control. Organizations our faculty engage with include:

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