San Francisco VA Health Care System
Smoking Cessation Resources
The research is clear — you have your best chance at quitting tobacco when you get behavioral counseling and use cessation medication. Counseling helps you make long-term changes to your behavior so that you can remove tobacco from your life, and medication helps with the physical cravings caused by nicotine addiction.
Quitting tobacco is not easy, and many Veterans make multiple quit attempts before quitting for good. Below are resources available for Veterans at the San Francisco VA Health Care System and from other smoking cessation programs.
Veterans / VA Employees Enrolled in VA Health Care
San Francisco VA Health Care SystemOutpatient Clinics
- SFVAMC Medical Practice Clinic. 415-750-2129 | Building 200, 1st Floor
- SFVAMC Mental Health Same Day Clinic. 415-221-4810, ext. 2-4824 | Building 203, Ground Floor, Room GA-2
- Weekly Education Classes. Every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. in Building 1 at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Ask your provider for a referral to Addiction Consult or call 415-420-8885
- Santa Rosa VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Starting Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 415-770-9779.
- Medical Practice Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. 415-750-2129
- Mental Health Same Day Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.Walk-ins welcome. Building 203, Room GA-28. 415-221-4810, ext. 2-4824
- Addiction Consult Service. Available to SFVAHCS (inpatients and outpatients) and CBOCs via consult from provider. Please ask your provider for a consult
Other VA Resources
TeleQuit Program. Over 34,000 Veterans have been referred to TeleQuit since the program launched in 2007. TeleQuit provides smoking cessation medication, patient education and counseling. For more information, call 1-855-784-8838 or visit www.paloalto.va.gov/services/telequit.asp.
Veterans' Quitline (1-855-QUIT-VET or 1-855-784-8838). A smoking quitline for Veterans getting their health care through VA, and speak to a counselor for help developing a personalized quit plan. Available in English and Spanish. The Veterans' Quitline is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET from Monday to Friday. Get the help you need to stop smoking for good. For more information, visit https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/quit-tobacco/.
VA Employees Not Enrolled in VA Health Care
San Francisco VA Health Care System
- At SFVAMC: Visit Employee Health in Building 203, Room GB-17 | Open 8 a.m. – noon or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
- At CBOCs: Call Employee Health at 415-221-4810, ext. 2-6495
California Smokers’ Helpline (1-800-987-2908). The California Smokers’ Helpline offers free telephone counseling, self-help materials, and online help in six languages to help you quit smoking. To learn more, visit www.nobutts.org/free-services-for-smokers-trying-to-quit.
1-800-QUIT-NOW. Calling this toll-free number will connect you directly to your state quit line. All states have quit lines in place with trained coaches who provide information and help with quitting. Specific services and hours of operation vary form state to state.
Stay Quit Coach (www.mobile.va.gov/app/stay-quit-coach). VA developed this app to serve as a source of readily available support and information for adults who are already in treatment to quit smoking, and to help them remain smoke-free even after treatment ends. The app helps you create a plan that meets your personal reasons for quitting. It provides information about smoking and quitting, interactive tools to help users cope with urges to smoke, and motivational messages and support contacts to help you stay smoke-free.
Smokefree.gov. An online support program from the National Cancer Institute that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides support tips, tools, and expert advice to help you and other people quit using tobacco products. The site contains information about setting a quit date, getting support, identifying triggers, changing behavior and keeping your goal to quit smoking. For more information, please visit https://smokefree.gov.
SmokefreeVET (www.smokefree.gov/veterans). A subgroup of smokefree.gov that help Veterans who receive their health care at VA become tobacco-free. There is an eight-week text program, website, and Facebook community. You can sign-up for the text program by sending a text with the word VET to IQUIT (47848) from your mobile phone or by visiting www.smokefree.gov/VET.
National Cancer Institute. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco
- The NCI quitline, 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848), is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
- Smoking cessation counselors are available online by clicking the "Quitting Smoking" button in the LiveHelp pop-up, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.