SmokefreeVET is an innovative, text message smoking cessation program that provides daily tips and encouragement to support Veterans who are trying to stop smoking.
Cell phones are generally always with you and always on, which makes them a convenient way to deliver messages and health-related information, particularly on stopping smoking. VA’s Veterans Health Administration created SmokefreeVET in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and modeled the program after NCI’s SmokefreeTXT. Launched in May 2013, it has been used by more than 3,500 Veterans who receive texts and allows them to text the program with prompts. To use SmokefreeVET, Veterans need only have a cell phone that can receive text messages.
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