TRICARE offers smokers help with quitting

FORT LEE, Va. -- Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but if TRICARE beneficiaries think they may be ready, there is help available to make quitting easier. 

The Freedom Quitline offers nicotine replacement treatment at no cost mailed directly to beneficiaries, plus guided telephone counseling and support to maximize the chances of success. 

Freedom Quitline was just what former smoker Tim, from Clio, Michigan, needed when he decided it was time to quit. 

“I liked everything about the program,” said Tim. “It was very easy to participate, very convenient. The calls were on time and the patches always arrived on time. The counselor was very supportive, always made himself available if I needed any help between sessions. He genuinely cared about my health and my needs.” 

The accountability of the Freedom Quitline helped Tim, as well: “If I had to do it on my own I would have slipped. My health is better, I have saved a lot of money and my wife is happy.” 

Call Freedom Quitline at 844-I-AM-FREE (1-844-426-3733) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT. 

Freedom Smoking Quitline is a National Institutes of Health-funded research study co-sponsored by 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base-Lackland, Texas, and the University of Virginia.  (Courtesy of TRICARE)