Office of Work-Life Programs : Tobacco Cessation Program
List of Tobacco Cessation Resources
Click here to view a listing of nicotine / tobacco Cessation Resources.
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 Nicotine Use Policy can be found in Chapter 3 of the Coast Guard Health Promotion Manual -
Health Promotion 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.
CG SUPRT - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The CG SUPRT program provides tobacco cessation resources. Go to
type "TOBACCO" in the search box.
You can also contact the program 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by
calling one toll-free number. The CG SUPRT program provides confidential
professional counseling, education, and referral services to you and your
A free, phone-based service with educational
materials and coaches that can help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
Quit Tobacco -
is a DoD site that provides numerous tools, resources and 24/7 coaching
support. UCanQuit2 resources include:
DoD interactive web-based tobacco cessation program. Ready2Quit can be
accessed on any desktop, tablet or mobile device.
- Expert help, tobacco cessation tools, and facts
TRICARE Resources: beneficiaries can receive free tobacco
cessation aids, including pharmaceuticals, find info on TRICARE-covered
tobacco cessation services, access tobacco cessation coaches, or receive
reimbursement for local programs.
TRICARE Quit line: A free telephone support and referral service available
Quitline (Tricare Regions):
West Region, call 1-866-244-6870
South Region, call 1-877-414-9949
North Region, call 1-866-459-8766
TRICARE Tobacco Cessation coverage: up to 18 counseling sessions per quit
attempt. Eligibility: AD, Reservists on orders for 31+ days, reservists
participating in Tricare Reserve Select, dependents of eligible members.
TRICARE covers nicotine
replacement therapy (NRT) products and other related medications to
support efforts to quit tobacco use. These
medications are 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.
Smoking Cessation Program Medications
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
Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager on your 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 Timothy.M.Merrell@uscg.mil.