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Tobacco Use in VA Infographic

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Tobacco Use Among Veterans

VA is the nation's largest integrated health care system with more than 1,700 sites of care. Among 2012 VA enrollees, 20.1%, 1.6 million, reported they currently smoke. 20 out of 100 currently smoke. 8.7 million Veterans receive health care from VA each year. 70% of VA enrollees that have ever smoked have successfully quit.

Current smokers among VA enrollees, by age:

  • Current smokers among VA enrollees: 28.8% are 30 or younger; 23.6% are 31-49; 28.6% are 50-64; 10.8% are 65 or older
  • Ages of all VA enrollees: 4.3% are 30 or younger; 16.2% are 31-49; 36.1% are 50-64; 43.5% are 65 or older

Current smokers among VA enrollees, by gender:

  • Female: 15.8% – population in the U.S. who currently smoke; 20.8% – VA enrollees who currently smoke
  • Male: 20.5% – population in the U.S. who currently smoke; 20.0% – VA enrollees who currently smoke.
  • Female Veterans have a higher rate of smoking than women in the general U.S. population.

Current smokers among VA enrollees, experienced combat:

  • 42.46% of VA enrollees were in or exposed to combat during their term of military service
  • 27% of VA enrollees were in or exposed to combat during their term of military service and currently smoke
  • One third (27%) of VA enrollees who experienced combat are current smokers

In 2007, among U.S. adults who currently did not smoke, 52.1% were former smokers. Among 2012 VA enrollees, 70% identified as former smokers who no longer smoke.

These data are from the 2012 Survey of Veteran Enrollees’ Health and Reliance Upon VA.