retired military personnel and veterans. Future chapters will provide specific proposals for interventions to advance tobacco control in the military and veteran populations. Figure 3-2 illustrates some of the influences that may affect a person’s decision to start or continue tobacco use in the military and veteran populations. Table 3-1 maps the levels of influence specific to military personnel and veterans.
Individual factors, attributes that reside within the individual, are major determinants of whether one uses tobacco. They encompass demographic, biologic, and psychologic components, some of which can be modified by the individual and the environment (such as education and skills) and some of which cannot (such as age and genetic makeup). Of primary importance is the addictive nature of nicotine, a powerful determinant of continued tobacco use.