Tobacco-Free Living Toolkit 

BREAKING NEWS!

MEDCOM TFL OPORD 15-48- was published 12 MAY 2015.  The OPORD mission states all MEDCOM facilities will promote Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) workforces and implement Tobacco-Free Medical Campuses (TFMCs) in support of the The Surgeon General's (TSG) Army Medicine Healthcare Covenant.

Tobacco use in the Army is a high-profile issue and has a direct impact upon the Soldier’s ability to accomplish the mission, negatively impacting force readiness. The short-term impacts of tobacco use on readiness include increased numbers of sick call visits and increased incidence of cold weather and training injuries. In addition, there are the well-known long-term health hazards of tobacco use, to include reduced lung capacity, reduced fine motor coordination, slower wound healing, and greatly decreased stamina. In addition, tobacco use is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, and diseases of the blood vessels. Tobacco use also causes cancer of the lung, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder and cervix.  

Since tobacco use is both a readiness and a health issue, it is important to provide Soldiers with effective interventions to become Tobacco Free. Tobacco-Free Living benefits the command as a whole because tobacco-free Soldiers are stronger, healthier, and better able to perform their mission.  Being tobacco-free also benefits each Soldier by giving them an opportunity to maintain a healthier lifestyle and decrease the health risks associated with tobacco use.

TSG TFL HOT TOPIC

Army regulation calls for the full cooperation of all commanders, supervisors, Soldiers, and Army Civilians to ensure people are protected from the harmful effects of tobacco products. The Army Surgeon General’s role in directing MEDCOM tobacco-free medical campuses (TFMC) and  supporting a MEDCOM tobacco free workforce creates irreversible momentum to transform Army culture from tobacco permissive to tobacco free. 

Tobacco-free living (TFL) initiatives implemented across the enterprise support a tobacco-free community and promotes the health and personal readiness of military personnel, family members, retirees, employees, and patients/patrons on MEDCOM campuses.

Topics

TFL Education for Individuals

Information and links for patients on tobacco-free living education topics and resources for those wanting to quit.

TFL Guidelines and Initiatives for Action Officers

Tobacco Free Living (TFL) Action Officers are the champions to implement TFL workforces and TF Medical Campuses. Their knowledge of tobacco policies, reinforcements, cessation strategies, data reporting tools is instrumental to promoting TFL.

TFL Literature Review, Reports and Publications for Providers

Information and links related to tobacco-free living studies, best practices, and metrics of interest to health care providers.

TFL Policies for Commanders

The Commander has a significant role in establishing a tobacco-free workforce and tobacco-free campuses. Thier involvement demonstrates a commitment to a system of health in support of the DoD goal for tobacco-free installations by 2020.

Services

TFL Tobacco Cessation Events (Annual)

Information about the many annual nationally supported tobacco cessation events to emphasize the need to quit tobacco use.