HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Factors associated with smoking behaviour change in UK military personnel

Article

Studies of US military personnel have shown that deployment in a combat role is associated with initiation of smoking in military personnel. Findings from the UK military have been mixed. This study aims to examine change in mental health, and military factors associated with smoking initiation and cessation in a representative sample of UK military personnel.

Abstract

Studies of US military personnel have shown that deployment in a combat role is associated with initiation of smoking in military personnel. Findings from the UK military have been mixed; a longitudinal study of UK military personnel found that smoking decreased over a 3-year period but that there was no association between combat exposure and change in smoking; however, an investigation of risk-taking behaviours in UK military reserves showed that smoking was associated with deployment, yet another study showed that in-theatre smoking initiation was associated with boredom, social factors and stress. This study aims to examine change in mental health, and military factors associated with smoking initiation and cessation in a representative sample of UK military personnel.

Full Reference

Thandi, G. and Fear, N.T., 2017. Factors associated with smoking behaviour change in UK military personnel. Occupational Medicine, doi:10.1093occmedkqx149.