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State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman issued a Health Advisory and the “State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat,” warning Californians of the toxicityof electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The report details a significant rise in e-cigarette use each year, especially among young adults and teens. New California data shows that e-cigarette use among young adults, ages 18 – 29, increased from 2.3 percent in 2012 to 7.6 percent in 2013. Young adults in California are three times more likely to use e-cigarettes than those 30 and older.

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Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel

Since 1980, the Department of Defense (DoD) has collected information regarding the behavioral and health readiness of active duty military personnel through the Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Military Personnel (HRB Survey). In 2005, DoD initiated the Department of Defense Lifestyle Assessment Program, which incorporates the active duty health behaviors study and expands the scope to include the National Guard and Reserves, as well as other special studies. Findings from the program provide information on the fitness of the force, including estimates of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; nutrition and physical activity; and critical assessments of emotional stress and other issues. The newest report (2011) can be found by clicking here.

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Institute of Medicine Report: Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations

The health and economic costs of tobacco use in military and veteran populations are high. In 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) make recommendations on how to reduce tobacco initiation and encourage cessation in both military and veteran populations. In its 2009 report, Combating Tobacco in Military and Veteran Populations, the authoring committee concludes that to prevent tobacco initiation and encourage cessation, both DoD and VA should implement comprehensive tobacco-control programs.

Full report or executive summary