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Ready to Quit Smoking Infographic

Ready to quit smoking infographic showing VA resources to help Veterans quit
 

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Ready to quit smoking?

Make a Quit Plan. The VA has resources available to make sure you succeed. The first step is to S.T.A.R.T. Set a quit date. Tell your family and freinds. Anticipate and plan for challenges. Remove cigarettes from your home, car and work. Talk to your doctor. Your doctor can counsel you and prescribe medication to help you.

Counseling and medication are tools that give you the best chance of quitting smoking for good. Counseling will help you build smoke-free habits. Once you quit, it continues to help you avoid tobacco for good. Medication: nicotine replacement therapy and other medications will ease the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Counseling and medication work together to help you cope with cravings and deal with triggers.

Counseling and medication have higher success rates compared to counseling alone. Together, the number of counseling sessions (up to 8) increases your success. 32.5% of people successfully quit using medication together with 8 or more counseling sessions compared to only 12.4% who quit without any help.

The VA can help you with your quit plan.

Counseling: Talk to your doctor. Attend a tobacco cessation group. Call 1-855-QUIT-VET. Medications: Talk to your doctor about using the patch, gum, lozenge & other meds to help you quit. Self Help: Find other tips for quitting and VA resources at www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking. Support: Talk to your family & friends. Text the word VET to 47848 for tips and help quitting.

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health. You have the power to quit smoking and to stay smoke free, and the VA has resources available to help.

Call the quitline today. 1-855-QUIT-VET.