Military Web Sites for Tobacco-Cessation Information
Health Web site where tobacco cessation is listed as the first of five top DoD health goals. The Navy and Marine Corps public-health–center Web site also lists smoking and other forms of tobacco use as a core health issue and provides a long list of cessation resources. The site has the “Smoking Lamp Is Out” Navy tobacco-cessation program with a number for calling tobacco-cessation counselors. The Air Force does not have a central Web site for tobacco cessation, but each base has such information on its local site. The Air Force Crossroads Web site on health and wellness or medical issues refers people to the DoD “Quit Tobacco. Make Everyone Proud” site.
The TMA with the ATAC sponsored an Internet-based smoking-cessation demonstration program, “Tobacco-Free Me,” from 2006 to 2008 for TRICARE Prime enrollees 18–64 years old. The program included access to a toll-free quitline 24 hours/day, 7 days/week; behavioral counselors available by appointment to discuss behavior-change strategies; access to print and Web-based tobacco-cessation materials; and access to NRT and bupropion via the TRICARE mail-order pharmacy with a prescription from the participant’s primary-care manager. DoD is analyzing the results and recommendations from the project.
Finding: DoD is attempting to take advantage of computer-based tobacco-cessation programs, such as the “Quit