Tobacco-Free Living
DoD/VA/Army Tobacco Policy, Guidelines and Initiatives 

Information and links to tobacco cessation policies, CPGs, and initiatives from DoD, VA, and the Army.

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Army Regulation 600-63, Army Health Promotion

NOTE: Regulation re-write pending publication Dec 2013

Tobacco Control Program - Chapter 4-7

  • Tobacco Use Counseling during Oral Health Exams - Chapter 5-5
  • Promotion of Tobacco-Free Environment -  Chapter 7-2
  • Policy for Controlling Tobacco Use, Signage, and Enforcement - Chapter 7-3, 7-4, 7-5

DoD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines

The VA/DoD EBPWG has adopted the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence clinical practice guideline developed by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), 2008 Update.External link  This guideline describes the critical decision points in the Management of Tobacco Use and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The VA/DoD Tobacco Use Cessation CPGs External link are intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients who use tobacco products.

Tobacco Use Cessation CPG Shopping Cart

A wide variety of patient-focused videos, brochures, wallet cards, and posters; as well as provider-focused reference cards and implementation tools.  Order from the U.S. Army MEDCOM Quality Management Office CPG Product Selection and Shopping Cart.External link


Combating Tobacco use in Military and Veteran Populations

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) provides recommendations to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) on improving the health of active duty and veteran populations with regard to tobacco use initiation and cessation. In its 2009 report, Combating Tobacco in Military and Veteran Populations External link , the authoring committee concludes that to prevent initiation and encourage cessation, both DoD and VA should implement comprehensive tobacco-cessation programs.