NEWS | March 15, 2011

Celebrate Women’s History month by quitting tobacco

By Joint Base Charleston Air Base Health and Wellness Center

To support Women's History Month, the U.S. Department of Defense is encouraging active duty service members, veterans, retired men and women and their family and friends to quit tobacco in honor of a special woman in their lives. Tobacco users are urged to pick a day in March to quit for their mother, wife, sister, grandmother or another remarkable woman who has touched their lives. Then, individuals planning to quit can post their dedication and a picture of the woman they are honoring for Women's History Month on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ucanquit2.

Health care professionals and clinicians on every U.S military installation can encourage individuals to prepare for a March quit date by enrolling in Train2Quit, a U.S. Public Health Service guideline-based, self-paced online system. Train2Quit can be found on DoD's tobacco cessation website, http://www.ucanquit2.org. Train2Quit uses interactive components to help users create a customizable quit plan, including a calendar to monitor progress. With Train2Quit, individuals can double their chances of quitting tobacco for good.

Along with Train2Quit, the dynamic DoD website contains other quit tools and supports needed to beat cravings, overcome weight gain, and cope with the effects of nicotine withdrawal. The site provides access to personal quit coaches, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get answers to questions about quitting and staying smoke free. And, there are fun games like Texas Hold 'em, a calculator to track savings, blogs for peer support, text message quit tips, and networking links to social media sites such as YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ucanquit2 or Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/ucanquit2.

Join in the celebration of Women's History Month on your installation. Order or download free Train2Quit posters and other tobacco cessation promotional materials at DoD's website, http://www.ucanquit2.org. Refer any non- Medicare-eligible beneficiaries to TRICARE's toll-free Smoking Quitline to receive assistance with quitting smoking. Toll-free telephone lines are available in each TRICARE region to offer support, 24 hours a day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year.