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TFL Education for Individuals

Last Updated: August 08, 2018
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Safety Alert with use of Electronic Cigarettes External Link Potential burn injuries from e-cigarette coming in contact with batteries

Tobacco Prices Going up  in DoD Stores (Military Times, April 2016) External Link

Get motivated to quit tobacco use and live tobacco-free

Official Quit Tobacco web site is TRICARE UCANQUIT2

Freedom Quitline Research Study External Link  The Freedom Quitline research study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and run by the U.S. Air Force Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

If you're a smoker interested in quitting, try the Freedom Quitline - a telephone quit line that also provides free nicotine replacement therapy. The Freedom Quitline is a research study trying to find the best ways to help TRICARE beneficiaries stop smoking.  If you use the Freedom Quitline, you'll receive:

  • Free nicotine replacement therapy (patch or gum) delivered to your home
  • Four smoking cessation counseling sessions over the phone with a highly-trained staff member

You may qualify for the Freedom Quitline if you are:

  • A TRICARE beneficiary (active duty, retired service member, dependent)
  • A smoker who has smoked at least 5 cigarettes a day in the past 12 months
  • 18 years or older
  • In the United States

Call the Freedom Quitline at 1-844-I-AM-FREE (1-844-426-3733) to see if you qualify and get started.


Is Quitting Smoking on YOUR Calendar? (CDC) External Link   Are YOU one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not get started today? Tobacco use can lead to tobacco/nicotine dependence and serious health problems.  Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier.

Making sure your motivation remains Army strong could be the tipping point in becoming tobacco-free.  Motivation is a powerful engine that can ignite the drive to succeed. To increase motivation, set a goal, write it down, and commit to it publicly. Find inspiration from others who have quit tobacco. Visualize yourself living a tobacco-free, healthy lifestyle. Take concrete actions, starting with a quit plan External Link to map out a strategy for success.

You'll find out your particular triggers and discover tips to deal with them, as well as common issues, such as putting on pounds as your body mistakes nicotine cravings as food cravings.

Your installation health staff may offer free instruction on how to begin the quitting process through cessation classes and can assist with medications to help combat nicotine cravings. To supplement those resources, visit TRICARE Tobacco Cessation External Link for 24/7 access to interactive tools, information, and support, including a comprehensive online tobacco cessation training program, personalized quit plans, and live chat support from those who have quit or are in the process of quitting.

TRICARE UCANQUIT2 Department of Defense Tobacco Cessation Web-based Support External Link

  • Find Local Support
  • Resources to Quit
  • 24/7 Online Chat
  • Quit Tobacco Campaign Materials (customized by service)

(provided by Quit Tobacco - Make Everyone Proud, TRICARE Management Activity)

OPM.GOV QUIT TOBACCO  External Link There has never been a better time to quit tobacco. All FEHB plans offer 100% coverage to help you quit once and for all.

What You Need to Know about Quitting Smoking and Nicotine Dependence (CDC) External Link By utilizing local and online resources and support, you can harness the power of motivation to make a plan and quit for good.

Smoking and Tobacco Use (CDC) External Link

How To Quit (CDC) External LinkSmoking causes immediate damage to your body. If you're one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, learn how NOW!

American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking External Link Comprehensive information on the negative impact of smoking, why quitting is recommended, and methods of quitting.

Tricare Offers New Prescription Coverage to Help Kick Tobacco
Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare. More information on using home delivery External Link.

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Electronic Cigarettes in North America: History, Use and Implications for Smoking Cessation External Link   Designed to mimic the look and feel of tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may facilitate smoking cessation. Article reviews the available data on the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation and to consider issues of product awareness and regulatory and ethical concerns. 

Mouth Healthy External Link (American Dental Association) Education and video clips providing information on tobacco risks, dangers of smokeless tobacco, and lifestyles and your oral health.

Smokeless Tobacco External Link (National Cancer Institute) Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It is also known as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spit or spitting tobacco, dip, chew, and snuff.  Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for cigarettes.

Vital Signs External Link(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) A monthly CDC publication to communicate vital health information on select topics.

Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers External Link (National Cancer Institute) Quitting is the only way that smokers can substantially reduce their risk of disease. Staying busy and avoiding what tempts you to smoke will help you manage withdrawal symptoms and avoid your triggers to smoke.