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Women and Tobacco

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Women make up 10% of the Veteran population in the United States—that translates to more than 2.2 million women alive today who have served in the military. This ever-growing group has a higher smoking rate than civilian women.

Like their male counterparts, female Veterans face a military culture that often promotes smoking as a way to deal with the stress of military life. Men and women use tobacco products for many of the same reasons and both have the best chance to quit and stay quit if they use smoking cessation medication and receive counseling.

Women who smoke do have some unique health risks. Find out more on the health effects of tobacco in women.

If you are a female Veteran who smokes, VA understands your quitting challenges and the benefits you and your loved ones will experience if you become tobacco free.