Fort Sill Tobacco Cessation Program
Are you ready to Quit Tobacco? Take this quiz to find out!
1. Do you want to give up tobacco for yourself? Yes/No
2. Is giving up tobacco a top priority for you? Yes/No
3. Have you tried to give up tobacco before? Yes/No
4. Do you believe that tobacco is dangerous for your health? Yes/No
5. Are you committed to trying to give up tobacco even though it may be tough at first? Yes/No
6. Are your family, friends, and co-workers willing to help you give up tobacco? Yes/No
7. Besides health reasons, do you have other personal reasons for giving up tobacco? Yes/No
8. Will you be patient with yourself if you backslide? Yes/No
If you answered “Yes” to 4 or more of these questions, you are ready to give up tobacco.
- What: Strategies and medications for making this quit attempt a success!
- Who: Service members, retirees, dependents and civil service thinking about quitting tobacco.
- When: By appointment, weekdays from 0730 - 1630.
- Where: Health Readiness Center, 2nd floor, Reynolds Army Health Clinic
- How: Call (580) 558-8470 to make an appointment or leave a message for the Tobacco Cessation Nurse.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: What medications are available to help me quit tobacco?
A: Service members, retirees, and dependents have four different tobacco cessation medications available by prescription: Nicotine patches, Nicotine gum, buproprion (Zyban), and varenicline (Chantix).
Q: Which medication works best to help quit tobacco?
A: You and your provider will discuss which medication is best for your situation. All four available medications are proven to significantly increase the chance of quitting for good!
Q: What does the Tobacco Cessation Program involve?
A: When you first call the Tobacco Cessation Program, you will make an initial one-on-one appointment to fill out paperwork and see the Tobacco Cessation Nurse. During the initial appointment you will also see a provider to discuss medication options if you desire pharmaceutical support during your quit attempt. Then you will schedule follow-up appointments or sign up for the group tobacco cessation classes (four 1-hour classes over four weeks).
Q: What topics are covered in the Tobacco Cessation Class?
A: The class covers strategies for making your quit attempt successful including coping with cravings, managing nicotine withdrawal symptoms, dealing with stress, managing weight gain when quitting tobacco, building social support, rewarding yourself, and preventing relapse.
Q: Do I have to talk about my feelings during the Tobacco Cessation Class?
A: No. The class covers strategies for making your quit attempt successful including coping with cravings, managing nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and preventing relapse. You may share as much or as little as you like.
Q: Why does the Tobacco Cessation Program involve so many appointments?
A: Research shows that people who participate in four or more tobacco cessation sessions are more likely to stay quit compared to those with minimal counseling or using medication without counseling. Highest quit rates are associated with people who participate in eight or more sessions and use a tobacco cessation medication.
Q: Can I bring food or drinks to the tobacco cessation class?
A: You are encouraged to bring your lunch to classes held over the lunch hour or healthy snacks to munch on to help with tobacco cravings during any other class.
Q: Does the program work for smokeless tobacco users too, or just smokers?
A: Yes! We help people who dip, chew, and vape as well as those who smoke.
Q: Is vaping (e-cigarette use) bad for me?
A: The long-term health effects of vaping (e-cigarettes and other e-products) are not known. Clinical studies of e-cigarettes have not been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review and approval. As a result, consumers cannot know whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, what types or amounts of harmful chemicals they contain, and how much nicotine they deliver when inhaled. Meanwhile, FDA has issued warnings to several e-cigarette makers for legal violations including unsupported claims and poor manufacturing practices (UcanQuit2.org, March 2015).
Q: Is the vapor in e-cigarettes and similar products water?
A: No. The most common liquids vaporized in e-tobacco products are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Both have been blamed for causing pneumonia in vapor users.
Q: Do you have 24-hour quitting support?
A: Visit UcanQuit2.org for 24-hour live online chat with an expert coach, call the TRICARE Tobacco Cessation Quitline at 1–877–414–9949, or call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Q: What should I do if I go back to using tobacco?
A: Don’t fret. On average, people quit seven times before they stay quit for good. TRICARE will cover medication and counseling for two quit attempts per year.
Q: Do I have to do the tobacco cessation classes if I have done them before?
A: The Tobacco Cessation Nurse can discuss different options for follow-up with you if you’ve completed the tobacco cessation classes previously.