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Tired of the "Tobacco Trap?" Thinking about quitting?

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November 15 is the Great American Smokeout. A "Quit" coin is presented to Veterans by Truman VA's Tobacco Cessation Team after successful completion of the smoking cessation program.

Monday, November 5, 2012
November brings the cooler weather, the smell of roasted turkey, the beginning of the holiday season. It also brings the annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15.

On this day, many thousands of people quit tobacco for one day. For many, it is the beginning of a new and healthier life.

Why not quit for just one day? "But how do I quit?" Whether you just started to think about quitting or are determined to quit, Truman VA is here to help.

To learn more about quitting, ask your VA provider for a referral to the "Thinking about Quitting" Class. This one-time class will help you decide if quitting is right for you, and offers information and tools to get started.

Afterwards, if you are ready to quit, you can attend a seven week quit class. During these classes, we give you all the tools and support you need to quit and stay quit. We quit together as a group during the fourth week. For Veterans who cannot come to the classes, we offer telephone lifestyle coaching and other options to help them quit.

Facts about Quitting
No matter how long you have smoked or how much, there are real health and financial benefits to quitting. We discuss these benefits during the "Thinking about Quitting" class.

For most people, just the thought of quitting can be scary and makes them nervous.

Maybe you have tried to quit before and now wonder if you can quit and stay quit. Maybe tobacco helps you deal with stress, or has been a "friend" that helped you through hard times. Maybe you even like smoking, but know it is bad for you. If these things are true for you, you are normal. Even so, with help, you can successfully give up this unhealthy friend and maybe even make some new friends along the way.

Come Meet the Tobacco Cessation Team on Thursday, November 15! The Tobacco Cessation Team will be in the Truman VA lobby for the Great American Smokeout on November 15 from 9am-2pm. We will have information about the VA Tobacco Cessation Program and other helpful handouts for preparing to quit. We would love to meet you and answer your questions about kicking this unhealthy habit.

Why not try to quit for this one day. Who knows, it could be the start of a new and healthier you!

For more information:*
VA Public Health: Quitting Smoking
Missouri Department of Health: Smoking and Tobacco
American Lung Association: Freedom From Smoking Online
Quit Tobacco, Make Everyone Proud
Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program.

*Some links lead to non-federal government websites; VA does not endorse the content.