Tobacco Cessation Counseling - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Educational Sessions: How to learn about your options.

Educational sessions are available every Thursday at 1 pm on the eighth floor in room A820 at the Cincinnati VA.  Following the session, Veterans have the opportunity to set up an appointment to meet with a Tobacco Cessation professional and develop a personalized plan to reach your lifestyle goals. 

Weekly educational sessions are available to all Veterans and employees.

No appointment is necessary to attend.

If you are not available on Thursdays and/or would like additional information please contact Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), Dena Krondilou, MSN, PMHNP at 513 861-3100 ext. 4862.

Reasons to get counseling

Tobacco cessation counseling is when you talk with a health care provider or a counselor about your tobacco use and work on ways to get tobacco out of your life. This type of counseling helps you break your tobacco habit.

When you use counseling to help tackle the habit and take smoking cessation medications for withdrawal symptoms, you have the best chance at quitting and staying smoke or nicotine free.

An important part of counseling is figuring out what triggers your tobacco use.

Some of these triggers probably sound familiar:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Drinking a cup of coffee
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Feeling bored
  • Needing a break
  • Facing stress
  • Insomnia

Counseling will help you to figure out how you can avoid or cope with your triggers so you don't relapse (start using tobacco again) after you quit. For example, if you smoke with your morning coffee, your counselor may suggest you have your coffee in a smoke-free environment (such as a restaurant or work kitchen) or switch to tea instead.

Contact Info


  • Cincinnati VAMC
    7th Floor, Room B704
    7th Floor, Room B733

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 4862

Hours of Operation

  • Mon 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tues - Fri 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.