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Quit Tobacco - Change the Habit, Change Your Life
The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness, disability, and death in the United States. Results from the WELLSOURCE Personal Wellness Profile administered to Coast Guard beneficiaries show that the Coast Guard experiences a higher prevalence of tobacco use when compared to national tobacco use rates.

Within the Coast Guard, tobacco impedes operational readiness by decreasing lung capacity and impairing an individual’s ability to maintain an enhanced level of performance. In addition to the personal impacts of smoking, second-hand smoke creates an environmental safety concern within the workplace. Given the close operational and living quarters of many Coast Guard units, attention to the effects of second-hand smoke is not only important in understanding health risks but is required by law.

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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 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate drops.
  • Within 12 hours after quitting, your carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Within 24 hours after quitting, 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 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
  • Within 12 weeks, coughing, breathing and wheezing problems will improve.
  • Within one year, your risk of heart disease is reduced to 50% of a continuing smoker.
  • Within 10-15 years your risk of cancer is similar to that of someone who never smoked.
  • Within 15 years of quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of nonsmokers.
 

Resources to Become Tobacco Free: Coast Guard Active Duty and Cadet Personnel  

Resources for Coast Guard personnel interested in becoming tobacco free are listed below:

  • Tobacco cessation services, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are offered by the CG Academy Regional Clinic for active duty members and cadets. There are several ways to access the services. Call the clinic’s front desk at 860-444-8402 to make an appointment.
  • American Cancer Society Quit Line (1-800-784-8669) is available to Coast Guard members, their families, and civilian employees.
  • The Office of Work-Life Regional Health Promotions Managers can also 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.
 

Resources to Become Tobacco Free: Civilian Personnel  

Take Advantage Video
There has never been a better time to quit using tobacco. All FEHB plans now offer 100% coverage to help you quit once and for all.

CG SUPRT 

For tobacco cessation resources, go to CGSUPRT.com and type "TOBACCO" in the search box.

1-800-QUIT-NOW  

A free, phone-based service with educational materials and coaches that can help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.

smokefree.gov 

Expert help, tobacco cessation tools, and facts about tobacco. Visit smokefree.gov/.

Tobacco cessation services, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are offered by the CG Academy Regional Clinic for active duty members and cadets. There are several ways to access the services. Call the clinic’s front desk at 860-444-8402 to make an appointment.