The last couple of weeks Iíve told you about programs available at Fort Bragg to help with New Yearís resolutions to save money and volunteer. This week is for those people who resolved to make 2017 the year to quit smoking.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 7 out of 10 smokers said they want to quit, but unfortunately the relapse rate for those who do quit is about 80 to 90 percent. Being tobacco free and staying tobacco free is not easy, but at Fort Bragg, service members, their Families and retirees have help.

Womack Army Medical Center is available to help in the quest to quit smoking. The Get Ready To Quit program is available at primary clinics on a walk in basis. No appointments are necessary. Seating may be limited depending upon location.

Topics discussed include planning, coping with withdrawal, stress management, weight gain prevention and relapse prevention. For a listing of locations and times, visit www.wamc.amedd.army.mil and select Tobacco Free Living from the health care services tab.

Primary care providers can also assist smokers with medical options like nicotine patches or medications.

The Army Public Health Nursing Tobacco Cessation Program is another option. This program includes an appointment with a Preventive Medicine provider to get medication and a commitment to attend four classes.

The four-week program meets for one hour at 3 p.m. on Thursdays at Preventive Medicine, Building 1-2539 at the corner of Hamilton and Randolph streets. Screenings for the program are offered as same day, walk-in appointments Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Preventive Medicine. Call 907-9355 for more information.

Federal employees also have access to smoking cessation support through their Federal Employees Health Benefit plans. All FEHB plans must:

Provide four tobacco cessation counseling sessions of at least 30 minutes for at least two quit attempts per year. This includes proactive telephone counseling, group counseling and individual counseling.

All seven Food and Drug Administration-approved tobacco cessation medications with a doctorís prescription.

Provide these benefits with no copayments or coinsurance and must not be subject to deductibles, annual or life time dollar limits.

Thereís a lot of help out there for people at Fort Bragg to quit smoking. Even if it wasnít your new yearís resolution, itís never too late to quit.

(If you have a question about the military or Fort Bragg you would like me to answer, email me at mankelg@theparaglide.com.)