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About Tobacco

There is a long history of smoking and tobacco use in the military. If you are a Veteran who uses tobacco, there is a good chance you started during your military service.

Many Veterans:

  • Used tobacco more during deployment
  • Face difficulties adjusting to a non-tobacco culture when returning home from deployment
  • Find themselves around other Veterans who use tobacco
  • Have turned to VA to help them successfully quit tobacco

Facts about Veterans and tobacco

Portrait of an older veteran outdoorsVeterans who use tobacco experience negative health effects, including cancer and heart disease. It can make mental health conditions worse and result in depression.

Closeup of femal veteran outsideFemale Veterans smoke at rates similar to male Veterans. Learn about special health concerns of women who use tobacco.

Closeup of Hispanic Veteran outside.Among the general U.S. population, Latinos have one of the lowest smoking rates compared to all other race/ethnic groups. But for Latino Veterans in VA care, their smoking rate is much higher.

Closeup of a male veteran7 out of 10 Veterans who smoke want to quit and 1 out of 2 Veterans is successful. It may take more than one try, but you can quit tobacco and experience the benefits.

Closeup of a young boy smilingSecondhand smoke kills about 50,000 people in the United States each year. It's in your power to help others around you by quitting tobacco.

If you know a Veteran who uses tobacco, you can help them quit.