[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.205.176.107. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
February 23, 1994

Tobacco Use Out of Step With US Armed Forces

JAMA. 1994;271(8):580. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510320020007

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

IT'S NO LONGER "smoke 'em if you've got 'em" in the US military, which hopes to be tobacco-free early next century.

Many an enlisted service member has heard a noncommissioned officer use the phrase in giving permission to smoke a cigarette during a break in military activity. Now, with stronger emphasis than ever, the armed forces are urging members not to smoke or chew tobacco.

The US Department of Defense is expected to issue a clean air policy that may further strengthen the services' antitobacco efforts. In the meantime, the surgeons general of the US Navy (which provides medical support for the US Marine Corps), US Army, and US Air Force are emphasizing that ceasing to use tobacco is a step in taking responsibility for one's own health, improving productivity, and allowing more efficient and cost-effective use of military medical resources.

Donald F. Hagen, MD, vice admiral and surgeon general

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×