Military Service Members and Veterans
If you are currently serving in the military or are a veteran, you’re more likely to smoke cigarettes than civilians. Smoking is even more common if you have been deployed overseas. Smoking increases your risk for lung cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and many other diseases.
Get Help Quitting
You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to be routed to your state quitline. Quitline coaches can answer questions, help you develop a quit plan, and provide support.
If you are active duty or a retired service member, you and your family can access cessation counseling, cessation medicines, quitlines, and other services through your TRICARE coverage and Department of Defense programs.
- Visit UCanQuit2External a Department of Defense program to help people in the US military quit tobacco. The site includes a live chat feature and provides personalized online support from coaches to TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries, Veterans Health Administration-enrolled Veterans, and those who are assisting them in quitting tobacco use.
- Join SmokeFreeMILExternal, a text message support program to help military service members quit tobacco use. You will receive encouragement 24/7 for up to 8 weeks, get advice and tips on how to quit and stay quit, or text a keyword about your mood to get appropriate advice. Text MIL to 47848 or visit the site for more information.
- Sign up for the Freedom QuitlineExternal, a research study that enrolls TRICARE beneficiaries who are motivated to quit smoking. Participants will receive free telephone-based counseling, as well as nicotine replacement therapy. Call 1-844-I-AM-FREE (1-844-426-3733) or visit the Freedom Quitline websiteExternal for more information.
- Understand the tobacco cessation servicesExternal that are available to you through TRICARE, including counseling and prescription and over-the-counter medications to support and help you quit tobacco use.
- Find more information and resources about how to quit smoking on the Tobacco-Free LivingExternal page of the Operation Live Well website.
Are you in the Air Force?
- Contact your local Military Treatment Facility (MTF) and/or Health Promotion team for local tobacco cessation resourcesExternal.
Are you in the Army?
- Visit the Army Public Health CenterExternal to learn more about Tobacco-Free Living & VapingExternal.
Are you in the Navy?
- Find resources and tools to help you quit tobacco through Tobacco Free LivingExternal Program at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health CenterExternal for more resources and tools to help you quit tobacco.
- You can also visit your local health promotion office or talk with your medical or dental provider at your military treatment facility.
Are you in the Marine Corps?
- Learn more about the Operation Tobacco-Free MarineExternal (OTFM) Tobacco Cessation Program.
- Talk with your medical staff or visit your battalion aid station.
Are you in the US Coast Guard?
- Get more information from the Office of Work-Life Programs about the Tobacco Cessation ProgramExternal.
If you are a veteran and are enrolled in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, the VA has resources and services to help you quit smoking. Smoking cessation counseling is available at all VA medical centers, and FDA-approved smoking cessation medications are available through all VA pharmacy programs. Use the Veterans Health Administration Facility LocatorExternal to find a VA health care facility near you.
- Visit The VA’s Tobacco and HealthExternal page to find information about:
- Find tools, resources, and support to help you become tobacco-free at SmokefreeVETExternal.
- Enroll in text messaging cessation supportExternal at SmokefreeVET. Text VET to 47848 for support in English, or VETesp for support in Spanish
- Call the VA National Quitline at 1-855-QUIT-VET. Get more information about the VA National QuitlineExternal.
- Contact your primary care team today to learn more about the resources that are available to help you quit tobacco use.
- CDC: Burden of Tobacco Use in the United States
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans—United States, 2010–2015