The Canadian Armed Forces Tobacco Cessation Initiatives

You know that quitting tobacco will be good for you and everyone around you.

Your Health

  • According to the Canadian Cancer Society, tobacco use kills more than 37,000 Canadians every year.
  • One out of every two lifetime smokers die from their smoking, mostly from cancer or heart disease.
  • Diabetic smokers increase their risk of circulatory problems.
  • Tobacco users have more dental problems: cavities, gum disease.
  • Broken bones heal more slowly if you use tobacco.

Your Quality of Life

  • Using tobacco dulls your senses: smells, taste, hearing, sight.
  • Tobacco use makes exercise harder and less fun.
  • Tobacco use costs money. If you quit, you can put the money you save into other things you enjoy.

Those Around You

  • If you smoke, it hurts those around you, especially children. They get more colds and ear infections. It can trigger asthma attacks, or make them worse.
  • The more children see adults using tobacco, the more likely they are to start using tobacco themselves.
  • Over the long term, tobacco smoke exposure can cause heart disease and lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked themselves.


"I can quit using tobacco with a good plan."

Why Choose Butt Out?

Research shows the best success rates for tobacco cessation come from a combination of behaviour modification, support, and medications to increase cessation success. BUTT OUT gives specific guidance to help change behaviour associated with tobacco use by providing motivational emails and regular contact throughout the program. These emails and support reinforce your decision to quit using tobacco.

Why Butt Out works

  • Nicotine is highly addictive;
  • Research shows that nicotine addiction is easier to overcome when you use more than one approach to help you quit;
  • Butt Out is one of several tools you can choose to help you stop tobacco use;
  • Behaviour modification is the basis of this program;
  • Coupled with ongoing support and nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, lozenges, patches, and other tools, Butt Out increases your chance of success in quitting tobacco use.

You may be eligible to get nicotine replacement therapies or medications at DND expense if you participate in BUTT OUT.

What does Butt Out help you do?

The first step of your journey is your desire to stop using tobacco. Butt Out helps strengthen your commitment and readiness to continue on this journey.

  • Learn proven strategies to reinforce your decision to quit using tobacco.
  • Discover and apply techniques to cut back, and then quit your tobacco use.
  • Find out about tobacco cessation aids to determine which one is most appropriate for you.
  • Analyze your pattern of tobacco use.
  • Pinpoint your triggers for using tobacco (e.g. with your morning coffee).
  • Plan and map out different actions you can take instead of using tobacco.
  • Choose and practice coping strategies that have been proven to work.
  • Learn how to manage the stress of quitting.
  • Prepare for high-risk situations to avoid relapse.
  • Address concerns about weight gain.
  • Create a plan to remain tobacco-free for a healthier lifestyle

BUTT OUT is available in two formats: self-directed program and/or a group format. All Bases/Wings have access to the BUTT OUT program, regardless of size.

  • It can accommodate individual schedules including when one is on training or has commitments outside their Base or Wing.
  • It supports individuals who are motivated to work through their smoking cessation efforts independently.

BUTT OUT was developed by CAF Health Services, Directorate of Force Health Protection as part of Strengthening the Forces (STF) health promotion programs for the CAF.

For more information on Butt Out, contact your Health Promotion office.