Tobacco-Free Living

 TFL Policies for Commanders

Last Updated: August 08, 2018
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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.


TRICARE Tobacco Cessation Benefits External Link  Tobacco use 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 preventive health services is dedicated to helping adults quit.

TRICARE Tobacco Cessation Program Fact Sheet External Link  Access a comprehensive collection of FREE TRICARE tobacco-cessation tools.

Federal, State, and Local Policy

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.

Secretary of Defense Memorandum 16-001, Department of Defense Tobacco Policy, April 2016 External Link The memo outlines actions to ensure a comprehensive tobacco policy that assists with preventing initiation of tobacco use, helping those who want to quit using tobacco succeed, and decreasing exposure to second-hand smoke. 

Under Secretary of Defense Memorandum on Reducing Tobacco Use, March 2014 External Link The memo states the commitment to reduce tobacco use by the military in order to minimize the adverse impact of tobacco use on health, mission readiness, and unit performance.

Department of Defense Instruction 1010.10, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, April 2014 External Link (pages 8 & 9) Tobacco-free living is one of the seven targeted priorities and tobacco use is considered a leading health indicator for integration into DoD health promotion and disease prevention programs and practices.

American Lung Association Tobacco Control Advocacy External Link  Learn what federal, state, and local tobacco control policy issues are aiding to reducing tobacco use.

Leader Tools  

Labor Relations Handbook for U.S. Army Medical Command Supervisors and Managers, External Link June 2012

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.

Tobacco Free Workforce

Federal Employee Health Benefits to stop smoking External LinkThere has never been a better time to quit tobacco. All FEHB plans offer 100% coverage to help you quit once and for all.

Tobacco Free Living Campuses

AR 600-63 supports tobacco free campuses in 7-3a(3)e.

Installation commanders and medical activity commanders will cooperate to establish and enforce tobacco free medical campuses (TFMCs) that include: (1) Any property or non-residential building that is operated, maintained or assigned to support medical activities, including but not limited to hospitals, medical laboratories, outpatient clinics (including medical, dental, and veterinary facilities), or aid stations operating for the primary purpose of delivering medical care and services for DOD eligible beneficiaries and /or meeting the mission of the Army Medical Command.  (2) All other facilities in which medical activities or administration take place. (3) All internal roadways, sidewalks and parking lots.  (4) All sidewalks, parking lots and grounds external but adjacent to the building or related to the migratory corridors surrounding the medical facility.

Air Force Further Tightens Rules on Tobacco Use, April 2015, Stars and Stripes  The Air Force is once again tightening rules on tobacco use on its installations.