Military Service Members and Veterans
Know the Facts
If you are in the military, you're more likely to smoke cigarettes than civilians. Smoking is even more common for those of you who have been deployed.
For More Information
- Detailed Statistics For detailed statistics on how smoking affects groups across the United States, please see our Current Cigarette Smoking Among Specific Populations — United States on our Cigarette Smoking in the United States page.
Real Stories: Military Service Members & Veterans Featured in Tips
Learn the real stories of military service members & veterans who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
Meet James. James, age 48, lives in New York and began smoking at age 14. He quit smoking in 2010 to reduce his risk for health problems and now bikes 10 miles every day.
Meet Michael. Michael, age 57, lives in Alaska and began smoking at age 9. At 44, he was diagnosed with COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — which makes it harder and harder to breathe and can cause death.
Meet Nathan. Nathan lived in Idaho. A member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, he was exposed to secondhand smoke at work that caused permanent lung damage. His illness led to his death on October 17, 2013 at age 54.
Learn more about all Tips participants in our Real Stories section.
Military Service Members and Their Families
There has never been a better time to quit. The following Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored site offers free help for those of you in the military, including active duty personnel and your families:
Veterans Enrolled for Care in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System
If you are a veteran enrolled for care in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system and you're ready to quit smoking, VA can help. Please contact your primary care team today to learn more about what's available to help you quit. Smoking cessation counseling is available at all VA medical centers, and FDA-approved smoking cessation medications are available through all VA pharmacy programs.
To find the VA health care facility nearest you, go to the Veterans Health Administration Facility Locator. To learn more about quitting smoking, please go to the Quit Smoking section of the VA Web site.
For more information, please visit the Tobacco and Health home page on the VA Web site.
Michael served in the U.S. Army. At 44, he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD — a condition that makes it harder and harder to breathe. He'll never forget the day he quit smoking.
"It was 4 hours of stark raving terror. I was suffocating to death. Every cell in my body was screaming for oxygen!"
Get email updates
To receive email updates about the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, enter your email address:
- CDC/Office on Smoking and Health
4770 Buford Highway
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717