Walk Away For a Day - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Walk Away For a Day

Poster of cigarette put out - Join our Tobacco Cessation Program for Veterans

Join our Tobacco Cessation Program for Veterans

By Susan Fernandes, Pharm.D, BCPS, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Madison VA supports the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout by encouraging Veterans and VA employees to quit tobacco for 24 hours, and possibly for good. On Thursday, November 17 thousands of tobacco users will make the choice to “walk away for a day”.

The Great American Smokeout was started in 1972 by Arthur P. Mullaney, a high school guidance counselor from Massachusetts. He challenged smokers in town to quit for the day and donate the money normally spent on cigarettes to a charity. The idea of a “don't smoke day” caught on, and by 1976 the event got nearly 1 million smokers to quit for at least one day.

What can happen in a day? In the first 24 hours of quitting smoking:

  • Your heart rate and blood pressure decrease
  • The carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal
  • You have gained confidence that you can live without tobacco

Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done.  Millions of former smokers have successfully quit. In fact, today there are more former smokers than smokers.

The most important thing a smoker can do is to keep trying until they succeed. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, a combination of medications and coaching can help you stay tobacco-free.

The Madison VA has several options to help both Veterans and VA employees quit tobacco.  There is no cost for coaching and medications are offered at the cost of a standard copayment.

  • Individual Phone Coaching:
    Available for Veterans and employees
    Morning, afternoon, and evening calls are available
  • Madison Walk-in Group:
    Starts the first Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM in Building 7
  • Telephone Call-in Group:
    Starts the first Tuesday of the month at 11:00; dial 1-800-767-1750 Code 33071#
  • Community Based Outreach Clinic Group:
    Starts the first Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM
    Held at Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Freeport, Rockford and Janesville

For more information please call: (608) 280-2246 or visit our website at:  Tobacco Cessation 



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