Tobacco Cessation: DoD encourages Soldiers to become smoke free

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Department of Defense
News Release

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Soldiers who want to stop smoking can take a 24-hour break from their habit, Nov. 18, during the Great American Smokeout.

“Every day, our military men and women train hard, so they are well prepared when duty calls,” said Cmdr. Aileen Buckler, U.S. Public Health Service officer and chairman of the Department of Defense Alcohol and Tobacco Advisory Committee. “Now we are urging them to prepare for another important mission, the Great American Smokeout, also known as GASO.” 

GASO is the American Cancer Society’s nationally recognized day that urges smokers to take the first steps to quitting for a lifetime. 

“It’s the perfect opportunity to help smokers begin the process of quitting and (to) work towards becoming tobacco-free, once and for all,” Buckler said.

Soldiers can find help at DoD’s tobacco cessation campaign website and through Tricare resources. 

The website includes a special GASO section, featuring an online pledge for Soldiers to publicly announce their intent to stop smoking for the day. Family and friends can also send e-cards of encouragement.

“Using the resources on this very comprehensive website is a great way to prepare for GASO and help ensure a successful smoke-free operation,” Buckler said.

The website features Train2Quit, an online support system that uses interactive components such as quit tools, self-assessment questionnaires, quizzes and other activities. 

Soldiers can create a customizable quit plan with a calendar to track progress, and they can earn how to beat cravings, overcome weight gain and cope with the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

A savings calculator provides motivation and shows how much extra cash is saved and accumulated over time. Personal quit coaches, available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, also answer questions about quitting smoking and how to stay tobacco free.

Blogs for peer support and social networking links to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are also available. Users can sign up to receive quit tips via text messages, and the site provides medication information, news articles, podcasts, RSS feeds, special monthly features and more. 

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