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Don't Chew On This: Help for Quitting Smokeless Tobacco
The Great American Spit Out took place on February 23, but its message continues to resonate year round. Now is an excellent time to quit using smokeless tobacco
A 2014 survey of adults in the U.S. showed that 3.4% of U.S. adults used smokeless tobacco. Users were overwhelmingly male. The states with the highest rates of use were Wyoming, West Virginia, Montana, and Mississippi. By region, the South and Midwest had the highest smokeless tobacco use rates.
To help Veterans to quit using smokeless tobacco, VA has created new resources, which you can find listed below. It is important to remember that sometimes multiple attempts are required to completely quit smokeless tobacco use. And that¿s okay.
- Smokeless Tobacco: A Veteran's Guide for Quitting: A workbook to help Veterans prepare for and start their quit. It addresses reasons for quitting, creating support, the use of medication, and dealing with stress and withdrawal.
- SmokefreeVET text message program for smokeless tobacco users: A mobile phone text message program that offers supportive texts specific to smokeless tobacco users who are trying to quit. To sign up, Veterans should text VET to 47848 or visit https://smokefree.gov/veterans/quit-smokeless-tobacco.
- Smokeless Tobacco: Get the Facts: Provides information on smokeless tobacco to Veterans