VA Central Iowa Health Care System Home

04/18/2019 | News release | Archived content

Quit Tobacco Today

Even quitting tobacco takes practice

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Because 70% of veterans who use tobacco say they want to quit, VACIHCS is committed to supporting veterans interested in quitting tobacco.

Quitting isn't easy, but you can do it: There are more former smokers today than current smokers and VA has more treatment options available than ever before.

Research shows that a person has the best chance of quitting tobacco for good when they:

  • Use tobacco cessation medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Take part in tobacco cessation counseling.

It is also important to lean on the support of the people who love and care about you. Family and friends can be a great source of encouragement, so let them know what they can do to help you.

Just don't give up. Quitting takes practice. Even the most motivated person may try to quit five or more times before succeeding.

Knowing why you want to give up tobacco is part of a successful quit strategy.

Check out these reources today! https://www.centraliowa.va.gov/docs/QuitTobaccoResources.pdf