It can be tough to give up tobacco, so it’s important to know where to find help if you need it. Whether you’re a Veteran or active-duty Service Member, there are specific resources out there to help you through the process.
If you’re thinking about quitting tobacco today or even next week, knowing support is available can make the difference between wanting to make a change and actually doing it.
Read all about it
- For evidence-based information and professional help, visit Smokefree.gov and the SmokefreeVET website.
- Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Tobacco and Health page to learn how tobacco affects your health and what you can do to quit.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers several resources on developing and sticking to a quit plan. Check out CDC resources for the military community. Or hear real stories from Service Members and Vets through CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers® campaign.
- Tricare’s Tobacco Cessation page offers resources that Service Members can easily access to help quit tobacco.
- Explore the different branch resources:
Talk it out
- To speak with a VA Quit Vet Counselor, call 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838). Or visit the Smoking Quitline.
- Nicotine Anonymous® (NicA) adapts the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program to tobacco addiction. Call 1-877-879-6422 to find a NicA meeting near you, over the phone, or even online.
Text and chat online
- Sign up for SmokefreeVET’s text message program to get daily support, advice, and encouragement. Or text the word MIL (for Service Members) or VET (for Veterans) to 47848 to receive text messages.
- Get live, online assistance from the National Cancer Institute’s LiveHelp chat support.