Smoking Cessation - VA Northern California Health Care System
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VA Northern California Health Care System

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Smoking Cessation

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Our approach centers on the proven combination of medication and counseling, and we offer the following resources to help you on your journey:

  • Medication: Using FDA-approved medications, such as nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion, and varenicline, patches, gums, and lozenges while you’re quitting can help you manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cope with the urge to smoke. Your VA provider can guide you through the available options to help you decide which is likely to work best for you.

  • Counseling: Combining smoking cessation medications with counseling offers you the best chance of quitting — and staying tobacco-free. VA offers tobacco cessation counseling, in person or over the phone, to talk about your tobacco use, ways to get tobacco out of your life, coping with triggers, and changing your lifestyle to remain tobacco-free. To learn more, contact your VA health care provider.

  • Tobacco Cessation Quitline: Did you know? Tobacco quitlines can double your chances of quitting, compared with getting no support at all. Call to make your quit plan, get individual counseling, and develop strategies for preventing relapse. Quitline counselors offer continued support through follow-up calls, and counseling is available in both English and Spanish.

    • Call 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday
  • SmokefreeVET: Need a little encouragement while you’re quitting tobacco or smokeless tobacco? The free SmokefreeVET text message program will provide you with daily advice and support. Or, you can reach out when you feel tempted to use tobacco or stressed about quitting using the words URGE, STRESS, SMOKED, or DIPPED.

  • Stay Quit Coach: This mobile app was designed to help you quit smoking. Use it to develop a customized plan, taking into account your personal reasons for quitting. It will provide information, motivational messages, interactive tools for dealing with urges, and support to help you stay smoke-free.


Contact Info


  • Sacramento VAMC
    Martinez OPC
    Mare Island OPC

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-382-VETS
  • 855-784-8838

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:30pm