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Veterans: Quit the Habit during Great American Smokeout

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature death in the United States, with the number of users reaching one in five adults, or nearly 43.8 million Americans. Among Veterans and those afflicted by a mental disorder, the number of smokers increases to 30 percent for Veterans and roughly one out of every two diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Those disorders include posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance abuse and other conditions associated with Veterans.

VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) offers many options to help smokers kick the habit, including:

  • Screening for tobacco use during patient care visits
  • Individual counseling
  • Prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy, such as a nicotine patch or gum, or other medications
  • Participation in evidence-based and investigational smoking cessation programs

VASDHS is looking for Veterans to participate in one such research cessation program evaluating novel treatments for individuals who want to stop smoking cigarettes and may be dependent on alcohol. For eligibility and information, please contact the Pacific Treatment and Research Center at (858) 246-4673. Participants may be compensated for time and travel.

Join the three million Americans who quit smoking every year. This Nov. 15, be a part of the Great American Smokeout by quitting cigarettes or making a plan to quit. Call the number above or schedule an appointment today with your primary care provider to get started.

For more on the Great American Smokeout, visit: http://www.cancer.org/smokeout