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"Better Starts Today"

Great American Smokeout, Nov. 15 - Better Starts Now

Great American Smokeout, Nov. 15 - Better Starts Now

By VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - Tobacco and Health Office
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mark your calendar … the Great American Smokeout is Nov. 15. If you’ve thought about quitting smoking but haven’t picked a date yet, or if you’ve tried before and are ready to commit to making the change for good, now’s the time to start living a better life! 

This November, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) will launch the Better Starts Today campaign to encourage Veterans to think about how their lives will improve after they quit smoking. Use the hashtag #BetterStartsToday on social media and share the first step you’re taking to quit smoking or what you’re most looking forward to doing when you finally quit for good. 

VA Connecticut offers Smoking Cessation classes every Friday at 1pm at the West Haven campus. No registration required, just drop in. Class meets in the T3 Conference Room located in Building 2, 3rd floor.

  • This class is an excellent resource for all types of smokers, including smokers who are using nicotine replacement products, smokers who have recently “slipped” and recent former smokers who struggle with cravings and other temptations to smoke. 

If you prefer to meet one-on-one with a health psychologist, tell your provider that you’d like to participate in the Smoking Cessation Individual Clinic that meets on Fridays from 1-3pm in Firm A (West Haven) in Building 2, 1st floor. 

At the Newington campus, the Smoking Cessation Program offers intensive group behavioral counseling and medication for smoking cessation. Individual counseling is available. Four-sessions groups meet on Mondays from 9:30-11:30am. New groups form every month. Call 860-594-6302 for more information. 

You can also call a Smoking Cessation Quit-Line at 1-800-784-8669. Line is available 24/7 in English and Spanish.

Having trouble getting started? Check out the VA website and resources below: 

  • Local VA health care providers: Set up an appointment with your primary care or mental health provider. They can help you determine the right combination of counseling and medication to meet your needs.
  • Quit VET: Speak with a tobacco cessation counselor and make a quit plan by calling 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838). Quitline counselors are available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. 
  • SmokefreeVET: This text messaging service provides daily encouragement for those quitting smoking. Text “VET” to 47848 or visit to start receiving supportive messages today. 
  • Stay Quit Coach: This mobile app helps Veterans quit smoking, with tools and information specifically addressing the needs of Veterans with PTSD. It’s available for free to download from the App Store and Android Apps. Learn more:


Like most things in life, quitting smoking happens one day at time. Make Nov.15 the first day of a better life.



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