Since tobacco use is both a readiness and a health issue, it is important to provide effective interventions to become Tobacco Free. Tobacco-Free Living benefits the military community as a whole because tobacco-free individuals are stronger, healthier, and better able to perform their mission and responsibilities. Being tobacco-free also benefits each person by giving them an opportunity to maintain a healthier lifestyle and decrease the health risks associated with tobacco use. Tobacco-Free Living initiatives implemented across the enterprise support a tobacco-free community and promote the health and personal readiness of military personnel, family members, retirees, employees, and patients/patrons on MEDCOM campuses.
Army regulation calls for the full cooperation of all commanders, supervisors, Soldiers, Army Civilians, Family members, and patrons to ensure people are protected from the harmful effects of tobacco products. The Army Surgeon General's role through MEDCOM TFL OPORD 15-48 directs MEDCOM tobacco-free medical campuses and promotes Tobacco Free Living workforces to create irreversible momentum to transform Army culture from tobacco permissive to tobacco free.
OPORD 15-48 , MEDCOM Tobacco Free Living (CAC required)
Learn more about how to be tobacco free in these Tobacco-Free Living Toolkit web pages.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) refers to all types of personal vaporizers, vape pens, and vape mods. They can contain just as much or even more nicotine than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette cartridges (e-liquids) or oils may also contain harmful products and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a smoking-cessation aid.