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November - Tobacco Free Living

Data shows us that active duty Sailors and Marines use tobacco at a higher rate than the adult civilian population for both smoking and smokeless tobacco.

In addition, some products such as e-cigarettes, hookah, and other novel and emerging products are becoming more popular due to pervasive marketing, the perception that these products are less harmful than traditional tobacco products, unique flavors, and the ability to use the products in some locations where traditional tobacco products are not allowed. Other products such as cigars are being used at higher rates due to lower costs and less restrictions on flavors. The negative health effects of tobacco use affects the readiness of Sailors and Marines leading to heart problems, poor vision, and difficulty breathing.1 However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), report that of current adult smokers, 68.8 percent said they want to quit completely.2 NMCPHC is committed to providing Sailors, Marines, beneficiaries, and DoD civilians with the tools they need to live a tobacco free lifestyle or quit tobacco.

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[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cigarette Smoke Affects Your Body. http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/gallery/health-effects.html.

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.15. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2017;65:1457-1464.