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The Defense Department (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are determined to help service members and veterans quit smoking.

May 31 is WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY!

Jason wasted 1,095 hours and $2,131 in one year on tobacco use. Do you resemble Jason the tobacco user OR tobacco free Jason? Click here to spend a day in the life of Jason...then and now. External Link

Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or use chewing tobacco, the VA encourages you to quit tobacco for your health. Access this link for VA tobacco reduction and cessation resources and locations. External Link

First E-Cigarette Rules Proposed by FDA External Link April 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed asserting its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and nicotine gels. The rule would immediately make e-cigarettes off-limits to kids under 18 and would require makers to tell the agency what’s in their products.

50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health External Link

We now know that smoking causes a host of cancers and other illnesses and is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.   In the 50 years since the release of the first report, 30 additional Surgeon General’s Reports have increased our knowledge and understanding of the devastating health and financial burdens caused by tobacco use.  The Office of the Surgeon General will be working to increase awareness of the progress that has taken place by engaging existing tobacco control, public health, and wellness partners, and establishing partnerships with organizations new to our cause.  This site contains downloadable materials to make your outreach efforts easy.  More materials will be added to the site as they become available.

Tricare Offers New Prescription Coverage to Help Kick Tobacco April 2013

TRICARE beneficiaries living in the United States now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit External Link. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare.  More information on using home delivery External Link.

Tobacco Product Labeling

FDA issued new rules for a variety of tobacco products External Link, including smokeless tobacco product warning labels and “light,” “low,” “mild” or similar descriptors for tobacco products. These new laws are expected to have a significant public health impact by decreasing the number of people using tobacco products, resulting in lives saved, increased life expectancy, and lower medical costs.



E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the "smoker" inhales.  With electronic cigarettes flavors like bubblegum, buttered popcorn, fudge and cookie dough, and the fact that there is apparently no age restriction on their sale to minors in most states, the devices are becoming enormously popular among teens and even those younger.  Little is known about what the estimated million or more people using them are sucking into their lungs.

May 2, 2011 - The Food and Drug Administration plans to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and won't try to regulate them under stricter rules for drug-delivery devices. The federal agency said in a letter to stakeholders that it intends to propose rule changes to treat e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The news is considered a victory for makers and distributors of the devices, which continue to gain popularity worldwide.