CDC: More Veterans Use Tobacco Than Any Other Group

Tobacco product use is more prevalent among veterans than non-veterans, finds the CDC. The CDC stresses the data shows the importance of protecting the health of military veterans.

During 2010 through 2015 about 3 in 10 military veterans used some form of tobacco product. The CDC analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The most popular tobacco product used by veterans were cigarettes, followed by cigars, smokeless tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and pipes.

In a statement, the CDC says more than a third of active duty military who smoke started after enlisting. The CDC suggests strategies, such as implementing tobacco-free policies at military installations and Veterans Affairs medical centers and increasing the age requirement to buy tobacco products to 21 on military bases as some of the ways to tackle the problem. The findings applied to all genders and age groups, expect men 50 years of age and older.