Quitting Tobacco While Deployed
Quitting tobacco isn’t a walk in the park. For some, being deployed can make quitting tobacco feel even harder while others see it as a chance to start new, healthier behaviors. Either way, being deployed doesn’t mean being without support.
Whether you are preparing to deploy or are already deployed, there are resources that can help you stick to your goals and lessen some of the stress of quitting:
See how much cash you can save while deployed.
Planning on banking all that extra combat pay, family separation allowance or money you save from not eating out? Think again (if you use tobacco). Spending on tobacco products can add up quickly. Use the savings calculator tool
to see how much you can save by ditching cigarettes, e-cigs or smokeless tobacco products.
Make a quit plan
. No matter your location, the YouCanQuit2 Quit Plan
is easy to access and shows you step-by-step how to prepare to quit, monitor progress and offers tips to help you accomplish your goals.
Find additional tools on the Tobacco Cessation Resources Guide
[PDF 443KB]. This guide is your one-stop shop for resources when you are thinking about quitting or when you’re ready to quit. You can find mobile apps, websites and more that may be available to you.
Use the YouCanQuit2 Support Locator to search for tobacco cessation resources and programs
. Filter for types of support (like local in-person programs or online); by geographic location, military base and Service; or by type of tobacco product.
Use the above tools AND keep these tips in mind during your quit journey, even while you’re deployed:
A slip does not make you a failure.
You may be adjusting to a new location and new routines while deployed which can present challenges or opportunities for healthy changes. Remember, people who are able to quit usually have tried multiple times and they learn from each try until they stay quit. Always keep in mind the reasons why you are stronger than tobacco
You’re not alone
[PDF 897KB]. Tobacco use may seem typical during deployments, but you won’t be the first or the last Service member trying to stick to a quit goal while deployed. Check out these real life tips and tools
Your deployment checklist isn’t limited to just your gear. With 24/7 resources to help you quit, you are packing your support team with you while away.