Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Smoking; Smoking Cessation; Social Environment; Tobacco Use Disorder; United States; Military Psychiatry; Military Personnel; Veterans




Citation: Committee on Smoking Cessation in Military Veteran Populations. Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies: Washington, DC. 2009. (Committee members: Bondurant S, Benowitz N, Curry, S, Gritz E, Jacobson P, Kizer K, Klesges, R, Koh H, Mariner W, Martinez-Donate A, Meara E, Peterson A, Stillman F, Wyatt E, Ziedonis D). ISBN 9780309137676.

Summary: The health and economic costs of tobacco use in military and veteran populations are high. In 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) make recommendations on how to reduce tobacco initiation and encourage cessation in both military and veteran populations. In its 2009 report, Combating Tobacco in Military and Veteran Populations, the authoring committee concludes that to prevent tobacco initiation and encourage cessation, both DoD and VA should implement comprehensive tobacco-control programs.