Quit for a day, quit for life! It may be the best thing you’ll ever do for your health.
No matter how old you are, quitting smoking is the single most effective thing you can do to improve your health.
It is never too late to quit. In fact, older smokers are more likely to be successful than younger smokers.
Tobacco use kills more than 440,000 Americans each year—more than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, and HIV/AIDS combined.
Smokers are also at higher risk for:
Talk to your VA health care provider at your nearest VA health care facility about the many tools available to help you quit. Combine smoking cessation medications with counseling for the best chance of quitting smoking.
Call 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838) to speak with a smoking cessation counselor, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The quitline is closed on Federal holidays. Consejería en Español es disponible.
Any Veteran receiving health care through VA is eligible to use this service.
Speak with a counselor and get:
Your counselor may ask you specific questions about your tobacco use, quitting history, and motivations to quit, to help create a quit plan that will work for you. Any information that you provide to the counselor during the call is kept private. It will not be shared with your VA health care provider or VA electronic medical record.
Counselors are unable to provide smoking cessation medications to callers. Talk to your VA health care provider about using medication, and let them know that you are using the Quit VET helpline.
Quit VET is a collaboration between VA and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
In addition to working with your VA health care provider, there are things you can do to get ready to quit:
There are other things to do that some have found helpful:
You can talk with your VA health care provider about getting brief counseling to help you quit. In addition, you may receive a prescription for nicotine gum, patch, or lozenge or for bupropion, another medication for smoking cessation.
You also can ask for a referral to a Smoking Cessation Clinic if you would like to attend one. Smoking Cessation Clinics have group or individual counseling.
To find the nearest VA health care facility:
There are a number of websites that you can visit to learn more about quitting tobacco use. Here are just a few:
Approximately 50,000 Americans die each year as a result of breathing other people’s smoke. You can help save the health of those you love by quitting smoking.
The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General Report on the health effects of secondhand smokers concluded that secondhand smoke causes early death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke.
Non-smoking spouses of smokers are more likely to have heart disease or lung cancer than if they were not exposed to smoke in the home. Infants and children who are exposed to smoke are at higher risk for dangerous diseases, such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), severe respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and asthma. The most effective way to make sure that your children never smoke is to not smoke.
Learn more about secondhand smoke.
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