VA San Diego Healthcare System
Smoking Cessation Resources to Help Kick the Habit
Don’t wait until the new year to make a resolution to quit smoking – start today.
“When I quit smoking, my sense of smell, taste, and lung capacity improved significantly,” said Octavius Blackwood. “If you want to maintain your health, you need to quit.” The Navy Veteran had been a smoker during his two decades of service and tried quitting, but success eluded him until he reached out to the VA for help. Now he’s smoke-free, and you can be too.
Here are some available resources for Veterans in their journey toward cessation:
Local VA health care providers: Set up an appointment with your primary care or mental health provider. They can help you determine the right combination of counseling and medication to meet your needs.
Quit VET: Speak with a tobacco cessation counselor and make a quit plan by calling 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838). Quitline counselors are available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
SmokefreeVET: This text messaging service provides daily encouragement for those quitting smoking. Text “VET” to 47848 or visit smokefree.gov/VET to start receiving supportive messages today.
Stay Quit Coach: This mobile app helps Veterans quit smoking, with tools and information specifically addressing the needs of Veterans with PTSD. It’s available for free to download from the App Store and Android Apps. Learn more: https://mobile.va.gov/app/stay-quit-coach
For more information, please visit https://www.sandiego.va.gov/services/Smoking_Cessation_Program.asp.