Annually, on each third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the annual Great American Smokeout event. This year’s smokeout will be Nov. 16.
The date can be used to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in the world.
The U.S. Surgeon General has said, “Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”
It’s hard to quit smoking, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting tobacco and staying quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Getting help through counseling and medications can greatly increase chances of quitting successfully. On Fort Bragg, Public Health nurses and Primary Care clinics all offer Tobacco Use Cessation services. These services are available to all active-duty, Family members, retirees and Department of the Army civilians.
Quitting tobacco starts by attending a Ready To Quit Information Session. This motivational session provides information about the rewards of quitting tobacco, how to cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms, quitting tobacco techniques, tobacco cessation medications and additional quitting assistance options available.
After attending the Ready To Quit Information Session, a registered nurse may provide you with a card for same day pick up of nicotine patches and/or gum. Your Fort Bragg or Pope provider can also order any of the seven first line medications: Nicotine replacement medications and/or Buproprion SR 150 (Zyban) or Varenicline (Chantix). If you are seen by a provider off post your generic prescriptions for nicotine patches and gum may be filled at the Womack Army Medical Center Pharmacy.
Trained counselors give you those extra tools you need to tackle your addiction. These include setting a quit date, planning for withdrawal symptoms and triggers, dealing with the stress of quitting, preventing weight gain and anticipating future challenges.
These sessions are offered at various times and locations for your convenience. Perform a web search for “Quit Tobacco Fort Bragg” in your internet browser for the most up to date information. Visit http://www.wamc.amedd.army.mil/HealthcareServices/SitePages/Tobacco%20Free%20Living.aspx.
When you quit you’ll add years to your life, breathe easier and save money. Successful quitting is a matter of planning and commitment, not luck. Decide now on your own plan.