DOD encourages tobacco cessation to honor women

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Department of Defense
News Release

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Throughout history, women have made tremendous contributions to our nation, both within and outside of the military.

This March, during National Women’s History Month, the U.S. Department of Defense wants active duty, veterans, retired personnel, families and civilians to quit tobacco in honor of a special woman.

“From Revolutionary War fighter Molly Pitcher to astronaut Sally Ride to Olympian Lindsey Vonn, women serve as great sources of inspiration for current and future generations of both men and women,” said Cmdr. (Dr.) Aileen Buckler, U.S. Public Health Service officer and chairman of the DOD Alcohol and Tobacco Advisory Committee. “But women don’t have to be a famous figure to be inspirational. There are countless numbers of remarkable women that surround us in our daily lives.”

DOD is urging everyone to pick a day in what’s left of March to quit for his or her mother, wife, sister, grandmother, daughter or other significant woman that has touched his or her life. Those planning to quit can post their dedication and a picture of the woman they are honoring for Women’s History Month on Facebook.

To help prepare for a March quit date, DOD encourages service members to enroll in Train2Quit, a self-paced online system based on U.S. Public Health Service guidelines. The free training is available 24/7 and features interactive components to help users create a customizable quit plan, including a calendar to monitor progress. With Train2Quit, tobacco users can double their chances of quitting tobacco for good.

“No matter where you are in the quit process, Train2Quit gives you the confidence and the tools to help you quit tobacco, once and for all,” Buckler said. “(The) website offers a full array of resources to help you stay on the training track.”

The dynamic tobacco cessation website contains support tools to help beat cravings, overcome weight gain and cope with the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Users also can access personal quit coaches for answers to questions about quitting 24/7. The website also offers games, a calculator to track savings, blogs for peer support, the opportunity to sign up to receive text-messaged quit tips and links to social media sites to connect with others who are quitting tobacco.

“What better way to pay tribute to women this month than by quitting tobacco for that special woman in your life?” Buckler asked.

Cessation Resources

•Visit for tobacco cessation training and live help with expert quit coaches.

•People planning to quit tobacco can post their dedication and a picture of the woman they are honoring for Women’s History Month at

•All Tricare non-Medicare eligible beneficiaries can receive assistance with smoking cessation at (866) 244-6870.


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