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Retirees should 'kick butts' during annual smokeout

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFRNS) -- Tricare and the military health system encourage retired beneficiaries and their families to visit www.ucanquit2.org, in celebration of the annual Great American Smokeout set for Nov. 15.

Ucanquit2.org is the official Web site of the "Quit Tobacco: Make Everyone Proud" educational campaign sponsored by the Department of Defense. The mission of the site is to help beneficiaries quit tobacco -- for themselves and for the people they love.

"We encourage everyone to get involved and help their loved ones quit tobacco. No one should have to do it alone and there are great resources available on www.ucanquit2.org," said Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director of the Tricare Management Activity.

This Web-based cessation information and support tool provides help to those wanting to quit tobacco and those helping others to quit. On the site, users can develop a personalized plan for quitting; get information; play games; listen to podcasts; connect to federal, military, state, local, and online cessation programs; and communicate privately with a trained cessation counselor, seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. EST.

The Great American Smokeout promotion is the American Cancer Society's annual, nationally recognized day when it asks smokers to give up cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or any tobacco product because of health risks. (Courtesy of Tricare)