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Tobacco Cessation Treatment for Veterans

Quitting tobacco is the healthiest change people can make in their lives.

VA is committed to helping Veterans quit through its comprehensive array of evidence-based cessation treatment services.

All VA tobacco cessation treatment services are guided by the U.S. Public Health Service's 2008 Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline (2 MB, PDF).

Tools for Veterans to quit tobacco

At the core of VA's cessation services is Veterans' access to smoking cessation pharmacotherapy and tobacco cessation interventions. When used together, these methods give an individual the best chance at successfully quitting tobacco.

Veterans enrolled in VA care who want to quit tobacco also have access to:

  • Integrated care for tobacco use comorbidities
  • Patient tools
    • 1-855-QUIT-VET, VA's national tobacco cessation quitline
    • SmokefreeVET, a text messaging support program for Veterans quitting smoking
    • Stay Quit Coach, smartphone app that can be used during the course of treatment with a health care provider, as a relapse prevention tool, or as a stand-alone app

Interventions at VA health care facilities

Each VA health care facility offers evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions tailored to the needs of the local population and based on available resources. These interventions may include:

  • Tobacco cessation specialty clinics
  • Tobacco cessation support groups
  • Telephone intervention services
  • In-home telehealth tobacco cessation

All patients seen in VA are screened for tobacco use through the use of a national clinical reminder.

Treatment guidance and clinical training

VA has developed tobacco cessation resources for health care providers and Veterans. For a complete list, visit tools and publications.

Access the University of Wisconsin's free CME/CE program on treating tobacco use and dependence.


  • Fiore, M.C., Jaén, C.R., Baker, T.B., Bailey, W.C., Benowitz, N.L., Curry, S.J., Dorfman, S.F., Froelicher, E.S., Goldstein, M.G., Healton, C.G., Henderson, P. Nez, Heyman, R.B., Koh, H. K., Kottke, T.E., Lando, H.A., Mecklenburg, R.E., Mermelstein, R.J., Mullen, P.D., Orleans, C. Tracy, Robinson, L., Stitzer, M.L., Tommasello, A.C., Villejo, L., & Wewers, M.E. (2008, May). Treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update. Clinical practice guideline. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.