Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Start Breathing Better this November!
More than 70 percent of Veterans who use tobacco would like to quit. Yet, many have tried to quit before with little success. Some even begin to doubt that they can ever quit! Do not lose hope!
November is a great month to finally gain your freedom from the tobacco habit. On Thursday, November 21, thousands of people across the nation will quit for a day as part of the Great American Smoke Out. Many will go on to quit for a lifetime. Quitting tobacco is the single most important thing you can do to have a healthier life!
Truman VA can help you quit no matter how long or how much you have been smoking. We offer the “Thinking about Quitting” class for Veterans interested in knowing how to successfully kick the habit once and for all. This one-time class provides the knowledge and tools to get started. Truman VA also offers a 7-week quit class. In the last year, 80 percent of Veterans who completed this program successfully quit tobacco and stayed quit! Some Veterans have been quit for three years! If unable to attend the quit classes, we also offer a telephone quit-line and text messaging program to help you quit.
Veterans make a plan for coping with all three parts of tobacco addiction - the physical, emotional and habit. We take a positive approach by focusing on the health and financial benefits of quitting. You will learn that the urge to smoke will pass in three to five minutes whether you smoke or not! You also learn how to cope with triggers to use tobacco. We recommend combining quit aids, such as the nicotine patch or gum, with lifestyle changes to support being a non-smoker. By using these tools, being nervous about quitting does not have to get in the way of being successful!
Come Meet the Tobacco Cessation Team on Thursday, November 21!
The Tobacco Cessation Team will be in Truman VA’s lobby for the Great American Smoke Out on November 21 from 9am-2pm. We will have information about the VA Tobacco Cessation Program and other helpful handouts for preparing to quit. We would like 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!