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Cigarette smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, contributing to the death of more than 440,000 people each year. The 2011 Survey of Veteran Enrollees’ Health and Reliance Upon the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that about 19.7 percent of Veterans receiving care at the VA smoke cigarettes. Around 70 percent of all smokers state that they would like to quit, and there are many tools available to help. Quitting smoking or tobacco use can be a long-term problem that often takes much help and many tries to quit.
The White River Junction VAMC offers many ways to help veterans quit smoking or dipping/chewing tobacco. There are weekly Shared Medical Groups led by a behavioral specialist and prescriber to discuss changing your habits and using individual motivators/reasons to reduce and quit. Veterans are also evaluated for and offered nicotine-replacement therapies, such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum and lozenge, as well as medications, such as Bupropion and Varenicline. These groups meet every Monday at noon at Desk 60. There is also the option to meet with staff individually in person or discuss your options over the phone. Finally, if distance to the hospital is too far, there is a home tele-health option for the veteran to check in each day for support from home. If there is interest in any of the options or questions, ask your provider for a referral today or call (802)295-9363, xt-5663.
National options for help quitting smoking include the toll free telephone quitline, 855- QUIT-VET (855-784-8838), mobile text messaging by texting the word VET to 47848, and the website www.smokefree.gov/VET.Learn more »
215 North Main Street (Mailing)163 Veterans Drive (GPS)
White River Junction, VT 05009
802-295-9363 | 866-687-8387 Directions
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated July 21, 2014