May 31st is both Memorial Day and the 33rd annual World No Tobacco Day, and these two days of observation might have more in common than you would expect. The U.S. military has a culture of tobacco use, which decades of tobacco industry targeting has helped create and support. Not only has this culture driven smoking rates to be significantly higher among service members than the rest of the population, it also impairs their military readiness and levels of performance.
Prevalence and Trends
Members of the military face unique challenges in their battle against tobacco use, including prolonged deployments, cultural pressures and access to cheap tobacco products. Reducing tobacco use in the military is a critical step in protecting the health of the men and women who protect us. If you are a current service member or a veteran, you can access free help and resources at quitnowindiana.com or by calling
1-800-QUITNOW. For more information about tobacco use in the military, click here.
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