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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Start Breathing Better this November!

Hand smashing cigaretts

Breath better and quit smoking

By the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program
Thursday, November 10, 2016

More than 70 percent of Veterans who use tobacco would like to quit. Many have tried to quit on their own with little success. Some begin to doubt that they can quit! Do not lose hope! With a little education and support, anyone can successfully kick the habit!

On Thursday November 17, thousands across the nation will quit for a day as part of the “Great American Smoke Out.” Many will go on to stay quit for a lifetime.

Quitting tobacco is the single most important thing you can do to have a healthier life!

Truman VA offers many options to help Veterans kick the habit. If you are unsure you are ready, but would like to learn more about how to quit, consider attending the “Thinking about Quitting” class. This one-time appointment does not require you to quit if you attend, but you will learn about the tools and strategies you will need to be successful when you are ready.

If you are ready to make a quit attempt, the Truman VA Quit Program (also available at our CBOCs) is for you! Veterans develop an individual plan to manage the physical, emotional and habit parts of tobacco dependence. We focus on the numerous benefits of quitting (with no scare tactics!). You’ll learn strategies for getting through urges without using tobacco to help you stay in control. Tools necessary to quit and stay quit are taught. Being nervous about quitting does not have to get in the way of being successful!

If you are unable to attend the quit classes, the next best option is the toll-free 1-855-QUIT VET telephone coaching option. Trained cessation coaches can help you quit on your own schedule.

Come Meet the Truman VA Tobacco Cessation Team on Thursday, November 17!

We will be in the Truman VA lobby for the “Great American Smoke Out” on November 17 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm with information about the VA Tobacco Cessation Program and other helpful handouts to help you get ready to quit.

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: www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking/quit_smoking.asp

http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/tobacco/smokingandtobacco/

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