Don’t quit trying. Try quitting with VA – and staying smoke-free – VAntage Point – VAntage Point Blog

Don’t quit trying. Try quitting with VA – and staying smoke-free – VAntage Point – VAntage Point Blog

Quitting smoking can improve your physical and mental health… and help you take a step toward a brighter future without tobacco. Let the rewards of quitting motivate you to pursue a life that doesn’t include smoking.

Quitting smoking has been proven to benefit Veterans’ whole health – both physical and mental. But it also can also improve your lifestyle by creating more time for things you enjoy.

In the short term, that means you won’t have to miss out every time you go outside to smoke. In the long term, it means a reduced risk of diabetes, substance use disorders, heart and lung problems, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Quit smoking… for yourself and those you love.

When you’re ready to try life without smoking – even if you’ve tried to quit before – reach out to your VA provider to learn about the treatment options that can help you reach your goals.

What would your life look like without smoking?

Most people who smoke regularly would admit to feeling winded while doing something they used to do with ease, such as climbing stairs. And most would likely say they have cut short an activity they enjoy or spending time with people they care about because they had to step away to smoke.

Why give up the things you enjoy when you could stop smoking and enjoy them more? Imagine never having to stop playing with your children to go smoke or losing the momentum of your exercise routine by stopping to catch your breath. When you don’t smoke, you can spend more time with your children and likely feel a boost in your physical endurance.

After helping you identify your health and lifestyle destinations, your VA provider can come up with a tailored road map to get you there, smoke-free.

Don’t quit trying. Try quitting – as many times as it takes.

It isn’t easy to quit smoking and most people make several attempts before they’re able to stop for good. But that’s not a bad thing! Every attempt brings freedom from tobacco use closer because you learn what works and doesn’t work for you. When you commit to stop smoking, you take the first step toward whole health improvements, including:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better physical and mental health
  • Increased energy
  • Improved effectiveness of some medications for anxiety and depression
  • An easier time abstaining from drugs and alcohol

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Whether you have tried once, twice or 15 times, take the lessons you’ve learned and try quitting again with new tools and a new approach. No matter how many times it takes, VA will be with you every step of the way, with more proven resources than ever before to help Veterans quit smoking.

VA’s tobacco cessation programs can help – anywhere, anytime.

VA has a range of treatment options for all Veterans who wish to quit smoking, available through all VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. You may call, text, have an in-person appointment or have a telehealth …….

Source: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/96995/dont-quit-trying-try-quitting-with-va-and-staying-smoke-free/

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