smoking en Praeger: Smokers Should Check Insurance For Smoking Cessation Plan Coverage <p>Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Kansans who smoke or chew tobacco to check if their insurance plans cover programs to help them quit.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor announced in May that insurance companies and employer group health plans must cover counseling and other programs that help people quit smoking.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:31:19 +0000 Associated Press 37122 at Report: Those With Mental Illness Twice As Likely To Smoke <p>Jeff Willett with the Kansas Health Foundation says Kansans with mental illness are twice as likely to smoke as the general population.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:06:26 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 26130 at E-Cigarettes Usage Growing Among Youth <p></p><p>The CDC says nearly seven percent of middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and more than two percent are current users. Erika Sward, of the American Lung Association, says the rapid growth is due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign.</p><p>“We’ve seen glamorized ads on TV. We’ve seen flavors that come in e-cigarettes now of bubble gum and cotton candy. All of the traditional tobacco industry playbook for targeting kids has been used by the e-cigarette industry.”</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:02:08 +0000 Bryan Thompson 23036 at E-Cigarettes Usage Growing Among Youth Garden City Hotels Seek Smoking Ban Change <p></p><p>Some hotel operators in Garden City say they're losing business because of the local ban on smoking in most public places. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:41:08 +0000 Associated Press 18406 at Kansas Anti-Tobacco Programs Have Room for Improvement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas has lots of work to do to improve its "grades" on tobacco control, according to a new report card from the American Lung Association.</span></p><p>Kansas gets an “A” for its Clean Indoor Air Act. However, the state gets a “D” for the relatively low rate of taxes on tobacco, and an “F” for efforts to prevent tobacco use, and to help those already using it to quit.</p><p>“It’s not a whole lot different than last year, but it’s woefully accurate,”says Linda DeCoursey, head of the non-profit Tobacco-Free Kansas Coalition.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:05:32 +0000 Bryan Thompson 11377 at Kansas Anti-Tobacco Programs Have Room for Improvement