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 military members and veterans at Smokefree.gov/veteransexternal icon, as well as the additional resources below.

Learn About Tips® Resources to Help Military Members Quit Smoking

Visit the How to Quit Smoking page, which features a Quit Guide and additional free quitting tools.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to speak with a trained cessation coach who can answer questions, help smokers develop a quit plan, and provide support throughout the quit journey.

Active duty military members, veterans, and their families can access cessation counseling, cessation medicines, quitlines, and other services through their TRICARE coverage and Department of Defense programs.

Department of Defense-sponsored Websites
The following resources offer free help for those of you who are on active duty or who are retired:

  • 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.
  • Air Force Health.mil:
    • 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.
  • Coast Guard:

Read About Military Members and Veterans Who Quit Smoking

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 and encourage them to quit smoking for good.