If you are a service member or military veteran, you’re more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Cigarette smoking is more common among service members who have been deployed overseas. Cigarette smoking increases your risk for lung cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and many other diseases.
- Many service members start using tobacco after they enter military service.
- During 2010–2015, more than 1 in 5 (21.6%) veterans in the United States reported being current cigarette smokers. In 2018, 14.6% of veterans enrolled for care reported being a current cigarette smoker.
Sourced from the CDC