NEWS | Jan. 4, 2011

Joint Base Charleston-Air Base Tobacco Cessation Program

By the HAWC staff

If one of your new year's resolutions includes quitting tobacco, Joint Base Charleston-Air Base has a very specific plan in place to help you become tobacco free for life.

The first step is to call the American Lung Association Quitline at 877-695-7848 to enroll in the program. Then, schedule an appointment with the Health and Wellness Clinic staff or go to HAWC during walk-in hours to complete a mandatory questionnaire. The walk-in hours are Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Once you have completed the questionnaire, it will take approximately four days for the HAWC staff to activate medication from the base pharmacy. Call the pharmacy at 963-6808 to confirm your prescription is available to be picked up.

Once you are enrolled in the program, call the American Lung Line counselor weekly in order to stay compliant with program. Patients must call the Quitline counselor weekly in order to keep receiving prescription refills. Failure to comply with the counseling portion of the cessation program will result in the denial of all medication refill requests.

There are many additional patient resources available to help you quit including tobacco cessation classes held monthly at the HAWC, Military & Family Life Consultants at 609-8718, Military Health Coach at AFMCWellness.com and a Behavior Health Counselor at 963-6846. For additional information, go to www.ucanquit2.org, or http://www.ffsonline.org.

If you have additional questions, contact the HAWC staff at 963-4007.