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By Institute of Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Committee on Smoking Cessation in Military and Veteran Populations, Roberta Wedge, Stuart Bondurant

The health and wellbeing and financial bills of tobacco use in army and veteran populations are excessive. In 2007, the dep. of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the dept of security (DoD) asked that the Institute of drugs (IOM) make tips about tips to decrease tobacco initiation and inspire cessation in either army and veteran populations. In its 2009 record, fighting Tobacco in army and Veteran Populations, the authoring committee concludes that to avoid tobacco initiation and inspire cessation, either DoD and VA should still enforce finished tobacco-control courses.

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DoD and VA research contributes to identifying effective tobaccocontrol programs, particularly for special populations, such as those with mental-health and substanceabuse problems. DoD and VA should develop and fund a joint comprehensive research plan on tobacco control in military and veteran populations. RESEARCH AGENDA The committee was struck by several gaps that might be filled with appropriate research by DoD and VA. Of critical importance is the lack of information in both organizations about the success of their tobacco-cessation programs, particularly long-term abstinence rates.

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DoD and VA should develop and fund a joint comprehensive research plan on tobacco control in military and veteran populations. RESEARCH AGENDA The committee was struck by several gaps that might be filled with appropriate research by DoD and VA. Of critical importance is the lack of information in both organizations about the success of their tobacco-cessation programs, particularly long-term abstinence rates. Without such information, it is difficult to assess which programs are working for military personnel, retirees, their families, and veterans and what might be done to improve them.

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