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Tobacco-Free Living

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Tobacco-free living is avoiding use of all types of tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs — and also living free from secondhand smoke exposure. For information on the health risks of tobacco use and resources on how to stop using it or avoid starting, please visit the following sites:

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Resource helps tobacco users get ready for quit day

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11/15/2017
Navy Lt. Misha Lockey (right) a dentist at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, educates a patient during a routine exam about the harmful effects of tobacco and resources available to help users quit. (U.S. Navy photo by Lisa Lill)

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Medical Encounters for Tobacco Dependence, U.S. Armed Forces 2015 and 2016

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5/30/2017
•	In 2016, there were 11,617 medical encounters for tobacco dependence with 7,209 individuals affected from the U.S. Armed Forces. •	In 2015, there were 16,985 medical encounters for tobacco dependence, with 10,244 individuals affected from the U.S. Armed Forces. PIE CHART: •	10,244 individuals affected from the U.S. Armed Forces in 2015. •16,985 medical encounters for tobacco dependence in 2015. •7,209 individuals affected from the U.S. Armed Forces in 2016. •11,617 medical encounters for tobacco dependence in 2016.  That’s a 31.60% decrease of medical encounters; 29.63% less individuals affected from the U.S. Armed Forces between 2015 and 2016. Background behind pie chart shows used cigarettes on the ground.  Don’t forget to text MIL to 47848 on World No Tobacco Day (May 31st) to receive advice on being tobacco free. This is a great resource for service members wanting to quit tobacco. Pictured below this text is a service member sending a text message for tips on quitting tobacco. #JoinTheMovement #NoTobacco Source: Defense Health Agency, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. Absolute and Relative Morbidity Burdens Attributable to Various Illnesses and Injuries, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2016. MSMR. 2017; 24 (4): 2-8. Source: Defense Health Agency, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. Absolute and Relative Morbidity Burdens Attributable to Various Illnesses and Injuries, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2015. MSMR. 2016; 23(4): 2-7.

This infographic documents medical encounters for tobacco dependence and individuals affected from the U.S. Armed Forces between 2015 and 2016.

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How to walk away from tobacco

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5/26/2017
Quitting tobacco is hard. In fact, it’s common for people to relapse several times before kicking the habit completely. Whether your preference is lighting a cigarette or using a smokeless variety, tobacco can be difficult to part with. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)

As bad habits go, smoking is pretty common

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Heart Health Month: Know your family history, change your future

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1/30/2017
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Dr. Terry Adirim explains why it’s important for heart health to know your family history and know how you can affect your future

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Cold Turkey Trot brings laughs, support and encouragement to DHHQ

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11/23/2016
Air Force Lt. Col. William Malloy, military assistant to the deputy director of DHA, joined in on the fun and provided motivation to fellow participants by dressing as a turkey for the race.

As part of the Great American Smokeout, DHA shows support for tobacco cessation through annual Cold Turkey Trot outside of DHHQ

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Smokeless Tobacco Use in the US Military

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11/1/2016

Smokeless Tobacco Use in the US Military briefing to the Defense Health Board, Nov. 1, 2016.

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Practice Healthy Living Habits

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1/19/2016
Infographic listing 5 key healthy habits for the new year

A list of healthy living habits you can take on in 2016.

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