There’s an App (and more) for That!
We are happy to announce several new initiatives to help Veterans quit tobacco. First is Quit VET, a national, proactive, toll-free tobacco cessation quit line. It’s available at (855) 784-8838 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time. Trained tobacco cessation counselors provide up to four individualized telephone counseling sessions. Services are available in both English & Spanish.
Second, is the FREE mobile phone application Stay Quit Coach, an App designed to help Veterans with PTSD quit smoking. The App helps to set goals and provides resources (helps for stress management and keeping track of how much money users are saving by quitting). Users have access to support contacts or hotlines for preventing relapse. You can download the app at the Itunes App Store.
Third is SmokefreeVet, a free text messaging service for military Veterans (standard text messaging rates apply). Sign up at http://smokefree.gov/vet. Text the words "urge," "smoked," and "stress" to the service and you’ll receive encouragement, advice, and tips to help you stay tobacco free. You can receive one to five messages a day depending on your preference.
Last but not least, the Bay Pines VAHCS offers an eight-week Tobacco Free program for Veterans, employees, and their significant others. Tobacco treatment coaches offer the highest level of support, strategies, education and tools such as nicotine replacement therapy and medications. Join the many Veterans who are free from tobacco after decades of use. It's your time! To learn more or to get involved, call 727-398-6661, extension 4922.
For more ways to better manage your health and wellness, read the latest Veterans Health Matters issue on-line at http://www.visn8.va.gov/VISN8/news/Publications.asp