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SmokefreeVET Text

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A young male veteran texting a message to the smokefreeVET text line.

SmokefreeVET is a free text messaging program to provide daily support, advice, and encouragement to you when you quit smoking.

You are most likely to be successful quitting when you take smoking cessation medication and receive counseling either in person or by calling a quitline.

Using a text messaging program with counseling and medication can improve your chance of successfully quitting smoking.


Sign up now

You can sign up for the program in English by texting the word VET to 47848 from your mobile phone or by visiting smokefree.gov/VET. For Spanish, text VETesp to 47848 or visit smokefree.gov/VETespanol.

Messages are delivered directly to your cell phone by text message. The program begins up to 2 weeks before your quit date and continues for 6 weeks afterwards. You will receive 1-5 messages per day and can receive additional support by using one of SmokefreeVET's keywords.

Get helpful text messages

Here are a few examples of the messages you will receive:

  • SmokefreeVET: Challenge yourself. Next time you have the urge to smoke, try to resist for 5 min. or skip the cig entirely. Think of it as practice for quit day.
  • SmokefreeVET: Tomorrow is quit day! Toss your pack in the trash & get plenty of sleep. For extra support, text these keywords at any time: Urge, Stress, or Smoked
  • SmokefreeVET: It's been 48 hours since you gave up cigarettes. We know it's been rough; are you staying away from smoking? Reply: YES or NO

There is no fee for using this service, but standard message and data rates do apply. Contact your cell phone carrier for more information.

SmokefreeVET is a collaboration between VA and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Learn from SmokefreeVET users

"I've been trying to quit for years, this program has helped me accomplish my goal. Thank you for the support."

"Thanks for all the support. It helped me so much. Will stay in touch thank u again."