Organizations Serving Military Members and Veterans

Know the Facts

Military personnel and their family members who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products need support to quit. Studies indicate that military members are more likely to smoke cigarettes than civilians. Smoking is even more common for military members who have been deployed.

Smoking increases the risk for lung cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and many other diseases. Now is the time to promote smoking cessation to military members. You can help military members and veterans by showing them how smoking affects them and other groups in their communities. With the support of free federal materials, you can help more military members and veterans live tobacco-free lives!

Organizations that provide services to military members and their families may need to tailor their resources to help them quit smoking. Learn more about smoking cessation resources for militaryexternal icon members and veteransexternal icon, as well as the additional resources below.

Resources to Help Military Members Quit Tobacco

Visit our How to Quit Smoking page, featuring a Quit Guide.

Call a quitline. Trained quitline coaches can answer questions, help develop a quit plan, and provide support.

For help quitting smokeless tobaccoexternal icon: text “SPIT” to 333888.

For help quitting e-cigarettes: This Is Quittingexternal icon.

Defense Department-Sponsored Websites

Active duty military members, veterans, and their families can access cessation counseling, cessation medicines, and other services through their TRICARE coverage, Defense Department programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Air Force:
    • Tobacco-free Livingexternal icon
      For information on the health risks of tobacco use and resources on how to stop using it or avoid starting, please visit our related links.
  • Army Public Health Center:
    • Tobacco-Free Living Toolkitexternal icon
      Tobacco-free living benefits soldiers by giving them an opportunity to maintain a healthier lifestyle, decrease the health risks associated with tobacco use, and make them better able to perform their mission.
  • Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center:
    • Tobacco Free Livingexternal icon
      The Health Promotion and Wellness department offers effective cessation resources to help tobacco users learn about the harmful effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and to win the battle against tobacco use.

Real Stories: Military Service Members in Tips®

Learn the real stories of military service members and veterans featured in the Tips campaign who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities. Encourage members of your community to start a conversation about their stories. Encourage them to quit smoking for good.

Today I start my quit journey. Free resources provided by smokefree.gov