Many people are making resolutions to improve their lives during the upcoming year.

The Harvey County Tobacco Free Workgroup is encouraging tobacco users to make a New Year’s resolution to quit and to call the Kansas Tobacco Quitline at (800) QUIT-NOW for free help and support.

Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and in Kansas.

It is estimated that 3,900 Kansans die every year from smoking-related diseases.

Quitting smoking will reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and oral cancer.

Quitting smoking also will improve people’s health in ways they will notice every day, a news release from the Harvey County Tobacco Free Workgroup stated.

Quitting will lower heart rate, reduce shortness of breath, reduce coughing and improve the taste of food.

To help area residents become tobacco free, Renee Ybarra, health and wellness coordinator, will distribute Quitkits at the Harvey County Health Department daily while supplies last.

“We know the addiction to nicotine is powerful, and quitting tobacco often takes several tries,” Ybarra said. “That’s why we offer free help and support through the Kansas Tobacco Quitline 1-(800)-QUIT-NOW. Call the Quitline today to create your plan to quit. When you look at the benefits, quitting is certainly worth another try, and you’re more likely to be successful if you get help.”

When Kansans are ready to quit tobacco, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline provides support and works with the caller to develop a plan to quit.

Counselors provide information and guidance during one-on-one telephone sessions.

Kansans can call the Quitline anytime day or night to start the process.

Once enrolled in the free service, callers will work with one counselor who will set up sessions that fit the caller’s schedule.

During these sessions, callers will discuss the reasons they want to quit and find ways to handle any barriers.

Studies have found using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco.

The Harvey County Tobacco Free Workgroup is a coalition that is working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly effects.

The Harvey County Tobacco Free Workgroup has information on how to help reduce tobacco use and help people who use tobacco quit.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development of local tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives.

For additional information about the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program, visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco.