HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015

Article

The health and economic costs of tobacco use among veterans are high. This article discusses the opportunities that exist to make tobacco products less acceptable and accessible for both active duty military personnel and veterans.  Continued implementation of tobacco control interventions on military and veteran facilities can help reduce tobacco use and tobacco-attributable disease and death among veterans.

Abstract

The health and economic costs of tobacco use among veterans are high. Opportunities exist to make tobacco products less acceptable and accessible for both active duty military personnel and veterans. For example, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities are required by Federal law to have designated smoking areas. Progress has been made in recent years in promoting tobacco cessation and denormalizing smoking among military personnel and veterans. This includes VHA’s efforts to increase access to tobacco use treatment options as well as the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) prohibition of tobacco use on DOD medical campuses and medical treatment facilities, with a goal to achieve tobacco free installations by 2020. Continued implementation of these and other evidence-based tobacco control interventions on military and veteran facilities can help reduce tobacco use and tobacco-attributable disease and death among veterans.

Full Reference

Odani, S., Agaku, I.T., Graffunder, C.M., Tynan, M.A., Armour, B.S., 2018. Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 67(1), pp.7-12.