‘Great American Smokeout’ can be first step to quitting

| November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — Smoking can be just as addictive as using heroin or cocaine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So making the decision to quit – even for just a day – is no small task. However, did you know that the CDC lists smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.? If you quit smoking, you could extend your life by 14 years.

Quit one day for the Great American Smokeout.

Do you think you can quit for one day? Just one?

That’s all the Great American Smokeout asks you to do! This year, the Smokeout will take place Nov. 17. If you participate, you’ll quit smoking for one day, alongside thousands of other smokers.

Tricare covers counseling to quit.

If you can quit for one day, maybe you can quit for longer. Since smoking is so addictive, it’s helpful to get some help.

According to the CDC website, “Proven cessation treatments can help smokers ease withdrawal symptoms and succeed in quitting, and many smokers still manage to quit ‘cold turkey’ simply by trying.”

If you’re a Tricare beneficiary and not eligible for Medicare, Tricare may cover smoking cessation counseling for you. You don’t need to have a smoking-related illness to use this benefit.

•Counseling must be through a Tricare-authorized provider.

•Providers must be working within the scope of their licensure or certification.

•Counseling may be received in any Tricare-authorized outpatient facility, as long as the provider is Tricare-authorized and properly certified.

Great American Smokeout

According to the American Cancer Society, “tobacco use remains the single, largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.; yet, more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.”

For more information on quitting smoking, visit these sites:
www.triwest.com/tobacco.
www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GreatAmericanSmokeout.
www.cdc.gov/features/smokeout.

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