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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Considering Quitting? Consider This...

Are you ready to quit?

Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation classes are held on a weekly basis at Truman VA. Find out more and ask your primary care team for a referral to participate.

By Autumn Keefer, Ph.D., Health Behavior Coord. & Melissa VanSteenburgh, LCSW, HPDP Prgm. Mgr
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring has sprung and, for many, that means it’s time to wake up from our winter hibernation… and maybe even to do some spring cleaning.  It also means the beginning of something new, with new life sprouting on the trees and flowers all around us.  Maybe this spring it’s time for a new, cleaner,  healthier, non-smoking YOU as well! Whether you are just starting to think about quitting or determined to quit, Truman VA has a new program for you. 

New Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Program

We started a new smoking and tobacco use cessation program earlier this year.  Everyone starts with an informational group to help you decide if quitting is right for you and give you some information and tools to get started.  Afterwards, if you decide you want to quit with other Veterans, you can attend a seven-week quit class.  During these classes, we will give you all the tools and support you need to quit and stay quit as well as quit together as a group during our fourth week.  In order to accommodate your busy schedule, day and evening classes are offered.  Check our website calendar for the current schedule. These are closed classes, so you must have a referral from your provider to attend. 

Benefits of Quitting

Benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and include improved health and healing, cost savings and, for some, improved mental health.  Specifics regarding these benefits will be detailed during the class.  For many people, particularly those that have smoked for many years, considering quitting smoking is like considering giving up a best friend—very frightening!  In this class, you will learn other, healthier ways of managing stress and meet people who can support you in your endeavor.  In essence, you will learn both how to be your own best friend as well as perhaps make a few new friends.  Or, if you are not sure if you are quite ready to quit just yet, you can come to the informational group to learn some of the benefits of quitting, what it would be like and tools to help you get started whenever you decide the time is right. 

Ask for a Referral

Go ahead – spring into spring. Consider quitting and start blossoming into a new you!  Interested individuals should contact their primary care physician for a referral to our informational group today. Give it a thought…then give your primary care team a call!


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