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Tobacco and Your Health

There is a long history of smoking and tobacco use in the military. If you are a Veteran who uses tobacco, there is a good chance you started during your military service.

Many Veterans:

  • Used tobacco more during deployment

  • Face difficulties adjusting to a non-tobacco culture when returning home from deployment

  • Find themselves around others who use tobacco

  • Have turned to VA to help them successfully quit tobacco

Facts about Veterans and tobacco use

  • Veterans who use tobacco experience negative health effects, including cancer and heart disease. It can make mental health conditions worse.

  • Female Veterans smoke at rates similar to male Veterans. Learn about special health concerns of women who use tobacco.

  • 7 out of 10 Veterans who smoke want to quit and 1 out of 2 Veterans is successful. It may take more than one try, but you can quit tobacco and experience the benefits.

  • Secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 people in the United States each year. It is in your power to protect the health of those around you by quitting tobacco.

  • If you know a Veteran who uses tobacco, you can help him or her quit.

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Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 1/31/2015
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