Tobacco-Free Living
A Tobacco-Free Living Toolkit 

The AMEDD's role in establishing a tobacco free work force and tobacco free campuses demonstrates a commitment to a system of health in support of the Department of Defense goal for tobacco free installations by 2020 and reflects the strategic directives in the National Prevention Strategy and Healthy People 2020. Tobacco free living initiatives establish the foundation for the irreversible momentum to transform the Army culture from tobacco permissive to tobacco free.

Best Practices

CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2007 External link

Evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

Healthcare Provider Tools

Register NOW for the National Prevention Council's FREE webinar, Increasing Tobacco-free Environments across the Federal Government External Link This event is free and open to Federal employees and their contractors.  Please share this invitation to your department colleagues, including interested leadership and worksite wellness coordinators.

DATE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 TIME | 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT

The U.S. Surgeon General invites you to join him on this webinar about increasing tobacco-free environments across the federal government. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Tobacco-free campus policies protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and encourage employees to improve their health by quitting the use of tobacco products. This webinar supports the National Prevention Council commitment to increasing tobacco-free environments.

Tricare Tobacco Cessation Benefits External link

Smoking can cause heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. It can also increase your chances for hospitalizations, missed workdays, failed fitness evaluations and impaired night vision. That's why TRICARE is dedicated to helping you quit smoking.

Tricare Offers New Prescription Coverage to Help Kick Tobacco April 2013 External link

TRICARE beneficiaries living in the United States now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program.

Tobacco Use and the Affordable Care Act  External link

The Affordable Care Act requires most private insurance plans to cover tobacco cessation screening treatments, including medications that help people quit smoking. The law also expands smoking cessation coverage for pregnant women who receive Medicaid, and provides Medicare beneficiaries with tobacco use cessation counseling and an annual wellness visit that includes personalized prevention plan services such as referrals for tobacco cessation services.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 2013 External link

The first article in this report provides information on the 2013 Great American Smokeout, and a very eye-opening report on the prevalence of current tobacco product use among middle and high school students.

Leader Tools  

Armed Forces Tobacco Cessation Guide External link NEW!

ActionToQuit is a tobacco control policy program sponsored by Partnership for Prevention that is dedicated to reducing tobacco-related death, disease and cost through communication, education, and advocacy. This guide is designed specifically for military leaders, advocates and policymakers to promote sound tobacco control policies.

STAND-TO! Edition: November 18, 2013 Tobacco Cessation and Tobacco-Free Living External link 

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease and degrades the health and readiness of Soldiers and the Army family. Tobacco cessation and tobacco-free living programs support the Army Surgeon General's Performance Triad initiative and Department of Defense goal for tobacco-free installations by year 2020. The Army's goal is to transform itself from a culture that tolerates smoking and tobacco use to an Army that supports disease prevention, healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices.

Policies and Memorandums

Effective September 2013, the Army captures Soldier tobacco use rates from data reported by DENCOM’s Corporate Dental Application (CDA). This system captures tobacco use at the annual dental exam and uploads results monthly by UIC. Tobacco use data is also available from the Periodic Health Assessment tobacco use questions that include type of tobacco product and frequency of use. The 2011 Health Related Behaviors Survey of Active Duty Military Personnel (triennial survey) provides some service specific rates and type of tobacco use, military culture of tobacco use, and service member knowledge/utilization of common cessation programs and treatments.

The Army and the Army MEDCOM support the collaboration between Department of Defense (DoD) Health Affairs and Military Community and Family Policy in the Healthy Base Initiative (HBI). Tobacco Reduction is one of the four focus areas of the HBI. One key activity of the HBI is to create tobacco free environments and measure tobacco reduction at four Army installations- Fort Bragg, Fort Sill, Ft Meade and Camp Dodge, IA Army National Guard installation. This initiative supports Operation Live Well objectives and aims to achieve the Department of Defense goal of tobacco free installations by 2020.

Excerpts from Army Tobacco Use and Army Medical Command Tobacco Use Cessation and Awareness Programs, 27 Sep 13 US Army Public Health Command Tobacco Information Paper

E-Cigarettes - Under Secretary for Health Information Letter  August 2013 External link


Is Quitting Smoking on YOUR Calendar for 2015? (CDC) External link

If you're one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not get started today? Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier.

American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking July 2013 External link  

Comprehensive information on the negative impact of smoking, why quitting is recommended, and methods of quitting.

Tobacco Free Workforce Jan 2015 External link

There has never been a better time for Federal employees and members of their families to become tobacco free and support tobacco free living! Note the excellent summary of tobacco cessation resources available to federal employees.  Help spread the word!  Promoting tobacco cessation resources availability for federal employees can be one way to assuage concerns by labor organizations over the expansion of tobacco-free environments.

Tobacco Free Campus
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