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The Defense Department (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are determined to help service members and veterans quit smoking.  The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury is offering a webinar on 27 February 2014 from 1300-1430.  The topic is Smoking Cessation: Policy and Research as it Relates to Evidence-based Practices in the Military and Veteran Health Care Settings.  Webinar presenters will highlight policy recommendations and research studies that translate into evidence-based practices for military and veteran populations.  Continuing education credit is not available for this event.

 Objectives:

  • Discuss DoD and VA’s commitment to meeting smoking cessation goals
  • Employ evidence-based behavioral counseling and pharmacological treatments for smoking and/or tobacco cessation
  • Evaluate pharmacological and behavioral counseling interventions for tobacco cessation for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder

 Presenters:

  • Col. John Y. Oh, U.S. Air Force, MC, SFS, Chief, Health Promotion, Air Force Medical Support Agency
  • Miles McFall, Ph.D., Chief, Psychology Service and Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine

Registration for the webinar at: DCoE PH Webinar February 2014 Registration External Link

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.  Click here for more on using home delivery External Link.

Cigarette Label Warnings

Beginning September 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.  The goal of the graphic warnings is to discourage youth from starting to smoke and encourage smokers to get the help they need to quit.  These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.

 View the tobacco warning labels External Link



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 External Link 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.