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Dr. Linda Johnson and Dr. Nicole Schmitt prepare for work group session

Dr. Linda Johnson and Dr. Nicole Schmitt prepare for work group session

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Rural Health Smoking Cessation Clinic will hold work group sessions at the Emporia Clinic April 14th to provide care to our Veterans in local communities. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature death and a leading cause of illness and mortality.

Smoking and tobacco use cessation persists as one of the VA’s biggest public health challenges. Many Veterans began using tobacco while in the military.  The rate of smoking among Veterans in the VA health care system is higher than among the U.S. population.

Approximately 70% of all smokers say they want to quit, but even the most motivated may try to quit 5 or 6 times before they are able to quit. Over 3 million Americans successfully quit smoking every year.

To help Veterans quit smoking and tobacco use, VA offers:

  • Screening for tobacco use during primary care visits 
  • Individual counseling
  • Prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy, such as a nicotine patch or gum, or other medications
  • Participation in evidence-based smoking cessation programs

For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Linda Johnson, PharmD at 804 675 5295 or Nicole Schmitt, PharmD at 804 675 5292.