A New Study for TRICARE Beneficiaries is Helping Smokers Kick the Habit
Have you tried everything to quit smoking? TRICARE beneficiaries now have a new
resource to help them called the <http://www.freedomquitline.org/> Freedom
Smoking Quitline (http://www.freedomquitline.org/)
Participants are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking.
The <http://www.freedomquitline.org/> Freedom Smoking Quitline is a National
Institutes of Health-funded research study, co-sponsored by the 59th Medical
Wing and University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The study is enrolling
TRICARE beneficiaries who are motivated to quit smoking. Qualifying participants
have four proactive smoking cessation counseling sessions by phone, along with
eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) sent to their homes.
After three months, participants will receive a follow-up call to ensure they
are still smoke free. However, if they experienced a relapse and started up
again, participants can try the program again.
Dr. Gerald Wayne Talcott, Ph.D., Col USAF (Ret) is a co-investigator for the
<http://www.freedomquitline.org/> Freedom Quitline. He served as an Air Force
psychologist for 28 years and has 30 years of experience in tobacco cessation
treatment. According to Dr. Talcott, relapse is all too common for people trying
to quit smoking. That's why participants are offered a second chance with the
<http://www.freedomquitline.org/> Freedom Quitline. When participants enroll in
this study, they not only receive a premium smoking cessation program at no
cost, but they also help researchers gather critical data to improve these
programs for our military community. "Quitting smoking is one of the hardest
things that anyone ever tries to do in their lifetime," said Dr. Talcott.
"Studies show that it might be even more difficult for our military community."
He also emphasized that what makes the <http://www.freedomquitline.org/>
Freedom Quitline more effective than most alternatives, is that the counselors
have not only extensive training in smoking cessation, but 90% are military
Results from an Air Force study evaluating a smoking Quitline conducted by the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center showed participants were more than
two times more likely to quit compared to those who called a standard Quitline.
It's easy to find out if you qualify. Call 1-844-I-AM-FREE (1-844-426-3733) or
go online to learn more at <http://www.freedomquitline.org>
SOURCE: TRICARE News Release at
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