The Health and Wellness Center at Edwards AFB offers confidential small group cessation classes based on the American Cancer Society’s “Freshstart” program. The program runs for three consecutive weeks and is facilitated by a former tobacco user.
The classes are offered free-of-charge to all active duty, reservist/guard, retired military personnel, their family members, DOD civilians and contractors. However, the Nicotine Replacement Therapy products are available only to Tricare beneficiaries (active duty military members, retirees and their families). DOD civilians interested in attending the classes can request excused absence under “wellness activities” per Air Force Guidance Memorandum to AFI 36-815, Absence and Leave, dated April 8, 2014.
Upon enrollment, each participant will receive a consultation with their provider, who will help choose the nicotine replacement therapy that is right for you.
To enroll, contact the HAWC at 661-275-HAWC, or email 412AMDS.HAWC@us.af.mil.
Classes are held on Tuesdays at noon in building 2204 next to the Rosburg Fitness Center.
For more information on tobacco cessation, consult these resources:
State Quit Line – www.nobutts.org
SmokeFreeMil – sends free text messages to mobile phone www.ucanquit2.org
TRICARE tobacco cessation benefits (medications, quit line) www.tricare.mil/quittobacco
American Lung Association Stop Smoking: www.lung.org/stop-smoking
CDC Smoking & Tobacco Use: www.cdc.gov/tobacco