Office of Work-Life Programs -** E-cigarettes are not considered
"Nicotine Replacement Therapy", and shall be treated like all other tobacco
Tobacco Cessation Program
Smoking Cessation Program Medications
Smoking Cessation Counseling Procedures
TRICARE Smoking Cessation Info
West Region call 1-866-244-6870
South Region call 1-877-414-9949
North Region call 1-866-459-8766
TRICARE now covers nicotine replacement therapy
(NRT) products and other related medications to support efforts to
quit tobacco use. These medications are now available at military pharmacies
and through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery (where available), but not
through TRICARE retail outlet locations (civilian pharmacies). Covered NRT
medications are available to TRICARE eligible beneficiaries (18 years and
older) with a written prescription from their provider. Medicare-eligible
beneficiaries are not included in this program. For more information on how
to obtain these medications, visit the TRICARE Web site at:
http://www.tricare.mil/quittobacco, or call the TRICARE pharmacy
information line at 1-877-363-1303.
Master Chief Leavitt's message on smoking!!
Health Promotions Manager (HPM) can offer unit-wide tobacco
cessation education and training upon request. HPMs also maintain a
library of tobacco cessation educational materials and a resource list for
services outside of the CG.
Tobacco Cessation resources. Go to
type "TOBACCO" in the search box.
A free, phone-based service with educational
materials and coaches that can help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
Expert help, tobacco cessation tools, and facts
Create your own Quit Plan <http://www.ucanquit2.org/quitplansteps/Default.aspx>, Quit Calendar <http://www.ucanquit2.org/myaccount/quitcalendar.aspx>, and Quit Blog <http://www.ucanquit2.org/breakthecycle/blogs/Default.aspx>.
Live chat one-on-one <http://www.ucanquit2.org/livehelp/Default.aspx>
with a trained Tobacco Cessation Coach from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.
Locate support <http://www.ucanquit2.org/helplocator/Default.aspx>
and find information about different kinds of medicines <http://www.ucanquit2.org/ncm/Default.aspx>
to help you quit.
Order free materials <http://www.ucanquit2.org/campaignmaterials/Default.aspx>
such as service specific posters, postcards, and DVDs to use in your
tobacco cessation program.
Visit us on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quit-TobaccoMake-Everyone-Proud/35785677947?v=wall>, MySpace <http://www.myspace.com/ucanquit2>, and Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/ucanquit2>.
Who is Eligible for the Tobacco Cessation
The UCANQUIT2 is available to the following
members of Team Coast Guard:
- Active Duty members and their dependents
- Civilian Employees of the Coast Guard
Purpose of Program
Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable
death in the United States and a major risk factor in many chronic
illnesses. The Health Promotion Program recognizes that tobacco dependence
is a chronic condition that often requires repeated intervention before
life long freedom from nicotine dependence is achieved.
Members are encouraged to utilize the services available at
a free online resource for the U.S. Military sponsored by the Department
of Defense. You can also call the American Cancer Society
Quit line at 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669.
Facts about Quitting Smoking
Quitting smoking today can dramatically improve the overall health of a
tobacco user in the days, weeks and months to follow. Here are some
examples of what a quitter will experience:
- Within 24 hours your lungs will start to clear out mucous
- Within 48 hours your sense of smell and taste will improve
- Within 72 hours you can breathe easier and have more energy
- Within 12 weeks, coughing, breathing and wheezing problems will
- Within one year, your risk of heart disease is reduced to 50% of a
- Within 10-15 years your risk of cancer is similar to that of someone
who never smoked
Discussion concerning tobacco use and names of individuals’ seeking or
on treatment are confidential between the patient, the primary care
provider, and/or the Health Promotion Manager (HPM) involved.
Coast Guard Policies Regarding Tobacco Use
It is Coast Guard policy to discourage the use of all forms of tobacco
products and to protect non-users from exposure to ETS and unsanitary
conditions created by the use of spit tobacco. The use of any tobacco
product in public detracts from a sharp military appearance and is
discouraged. Where conflicts arise between the rights of non-tobacco users
and tobacco users, the rights of the non-tobacco user shall prevail.
The entire CG Tobacco Use Policy can be found in Chapter 3 of the Coast Guard Health Promotion Manual
Requesting Services or Resources
These services or resources can be obtained by contacting the
Health Promotion Manager
or EAP counselor on your
Regional Work-Life Staff
. Personnel experiencing stress/problems
associated with tobacco cessation can also contact the Employee Assistance
Program Coordinator on the Work-Life Staff. Work-Life Staffs are located at Integrated
Support Commands CG-wide and at the Headquarters Support Command.
The following references provide details of the Tobacco
Coast Guard Air Operations Manual -
Coast Guard Health Promotion Manual -
Medical Manual -
Safety and Environmental Health -
- Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual -
Related Web Sites
The following web sites provide information related to the Tobacco
of tobacco cessation into healthcare by increasing number and quality of
tobacco control initiatives within managed care organizations.
Smoking and Tobacco Use -
contains tobacco-related news,
research, cessation information, educational materials, Surgeon
General's Reports, and "TIPS4Kids".
Smoking Facts -
Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) -
information on the
latest research regarding nicotine, tobacco, smoking, and smoking
Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager
Regional Work-Life Staff
, or need additional
assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the
Headquarters Health Promotions Program Manager, Tim Merrell at (202)
475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or email at