According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Smokers are encouraged to use the Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2016 to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards achieving a healthier life and reducing cancer risk for themselves, their families, and their fellow Coasties!
Stopping tobacco use isn’t impossible, but it’s tough to do alone. There are many programs available from TRICARE and the Coast Guard to assist you. Among TRICARE’ range of covered options for tobacco cessation includes tobacco cessation products, and TRICARE will pay for tobacco cessation counseling from a TRICARE authorized provider for up to 18 counseling sessions per quit attempt, including 4 individual sessions. Stopping tobacco use can will improve your health! Benefits include: breathing easier, improved sense of taste and smell and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer over time. Learn more and take the first step towards tobacco cessation.