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Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations
cessation medications and psychiatric medications. Given the number of veterans and military retirees with comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, the committee recommends that DoD and VA consider jointly funding research on the effects of tobacco use on these conditions and on tobacco-cessation interventions for these populations.
The committee concludes that although DoD and VA have demonstrated a continuing commitment to the health of military personnel and their families and of veterans, respectively, particularly with respect to tobacco control, much remains to be done. Given the effects of tobacco use on military readiness and on the health of military personnel, retirees, their families, and veterans, the time has come for DoD and VA to assign high priority to tobacco control.