The Healthy Harvey Coalition wants to help smokers quit during the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday. Harvey County residents are encouraged to stop using tobacco and nicotine products for one day.

“Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in Kansas,” said Lisa Bartel of the Harvey County Health Department. “We encourage individuals to stop smoking for one day. In one day, heart rate and blood pressure can drop and the carbon monoxide level can approach normal. The hope is that the individual can then go one more day and one more day after that.”

Kansas Tobacco Quitline Coaches at or (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669) are ready to help Kansans quit tobacco. The Quitline is a service provided at no cost to Kansans and enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or by phone. A "Quit Coach" works with the tobacco user through one-on-one online live chats, emails or phone calls to prepare for a quit date, and create a plan to fight cravings and other challenges.

The Healthy Harvey Coalition strives to increase the health status of Harvey County residents through policy, system and environmental changes. The coalition is coordinated through the Harvey County Health Department. The next coalition meeting is at noon Dec. 4 at Fire Station No. 3 on South Kansas Avenue in Newton, and all interested individuals are welcome to attend.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the Kansas Tobacco Quitline and provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information on the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program, visit Visit for more information about the Great American Smokeout.