If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.

Quitting Tobacco While Deployed

Quitting tobacco isn’t a walk in the park. For some, being deployed can make quitting tobacco feel even harder while others see it as a chance to start new, healthier behaviors. Either way, being deployed doesn’t mean being without support.

Whether you are preparing to deploy or are already deployed, there are resources that can help you stick to your goals and lessen some of the stress of quitting:

See how much cash you can save while deployed. Planning on banking all that extra combat pay, family separation allowance or money you save from not eating out? Think again (if you use tobacco). Spending on tobacco products can add up quickly. Use the savings calculator tool to see how much you can save by ditching cigarettes, e-cigs or smokeless tobacco products.

Make a quit plan. No matter your location, the YouCanQuit2 Quit Plan is easy to access and shows you step-by-step how to prepare to quit, monitor progress and offers tips to help you accomplish your goals.

Find additional tools on the Tobacco Cessation Resources Guide [PDF 466KB]. This guide is your one-stop shop for resources when you are thinking about quitting or when you’re ready to quit. You can find mobile apps, websites and more that may be available to you.

Use the YouCanQuit2 Support Locator to search for tobacco cessation resources and programs. Filter for types of support (like local in-person programs or online); by geographic location, military base and Service; or by type of tobacco product. ​

Use the above tools AND keep these tips in mind during your quit journey, even while you’re deployed:

A slip does not make you a failure. You may be adjusting to a new location and new routines while deployed which can present challenges or opportunities for healthy changes. Remember, people who are able to quit usually have tried multiple times and they learn from each try until they stay quit. Always keep in mind the reasons why you are stronger than tobacco.

Know your triggers and conquer cravings. Even if you’re away from your typical tobacco triggers, there may still be other triggering situations when you’re deployed (like being lonely). Be prepared by learning what your triggers are and know how to fight them with alternatives.

You’re not alone [PDF 897KB]. Tobacco use may seem typical during deployments, but you won’t be the first or the last Service member trying to stick to a quit goal while deployed. Check out these real life tips and tools for help.


Your deployment checklist isn’t limited to just your gear. With 24/7 resources to help you quit, you are packing your support team with you while away.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.