1. Train2Quit for U.S. Service Members and Veterans
Train2Quit is an interactive program created by the Department of Defense to help U.S. service members and veterans quit their life-threatening tobacco habits. The DoD states individuals are twice as likely to quit smoking by enrolling in a tobacco cessation program such as Train2Quit. Veterans and current service members can sign up for the confidential online program for free and work through the program at their own pace. The program prepares smokers for the "Four Phases" of smoking cessation one step at a time. The program helps smokes prepare to quit, implement the changes and stay tobacco-free. Viewers can access activities, articles and self-assessments to stay on track. Expert coaches are available to answer confidential user questions by email or in group chats. While the Train2Quit is only open for U.S. service members, there are plenty of articles and resources available on the website to help smokers combat nicotine. Image Courtesy of Flickr, azrasta
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Walking away from tobacco can be one of the hardest things to do in life -- Like Mark Twain once said, "Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times."
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By giving up cigarettes for good, you can lengthen and add to the quality to your life. The annual Great American Smokeout encourages the estimated 43.8 million U.S. smokers to banish deep-set wrinkles, yellow teeth, smoke-soaked clothing and elevated risk for cancer by quitting tobacco.
There are many anti-smoking communities online offering smokers information, mobile tools and support. To kick the cigarette habit for good, experts suggest replacing smoking with exercise, meditation and simple breathing. It's also extremely helpful to tell everyone you know about your plan to quit. That way, you're accountable for your actions.
For additional information about the health effects of smoking, visit the BeTobaccoFree.Gov. The Department of Health and Human Services launched the online hub this week to help former smokers stick with quitting.
Are you trying to quit smoking? Tell us in the comments if we are missing any of your favorite smoking-cessation apps or platforms.
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