Great American Smokeout

Thursday, November 21st is the “Great American Smokeout.” Smoking is not glamorous. It can be downright dangerous and can lead to a premature death. Quitting for just one day is an important step towards adopting a healthier life and reducing cancer risk. Take a few minutes out of your day Thursday to make a plan and set a date to stop smoking and using tobacco products for good.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million or 1 out of 5 Americans smoke cigarettes. TRICARE has implemented a live well program dedicated to helping Service members and their families to quit smoking. A web-based program offered by the Department of Defense is available by visiting www.ucanquit2.org. The TRICARE North Region has a Quitline that is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-459-8766. Beneficiaries with a desire to quit are eligible to attend tobacco cessation counseling sessions. Smoking cessation medication is available through the TRICARE home delivery service.

Additionally, the Department of Defense and Military Health System have launched Operation Live Well at: www.health.mil to assist military families with incorporating a healthy lifestyle based on a foundation of proper nutrition, adequate sleep, physical activitiy, avoiding risky behavior, and emotional well-being. Take the challenge on November 21st to adopt a life of tobacco-free living and become a healthier you.

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