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New Tobacco Cessation Tool Targets Armed Forces

11 Aug 2014 1:34 PM | Anonymous

Partnership for Prevention's ActionToQuit initiative has released a new guide titled, Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use: An Implementation Guide for the Armed Force.  It points out that rates remain higher among people serving in the military than in the civilian population.  "This is of particular concern because of the substantial negative effects of tobacco use on military readiness. Among these are impaired physical endurance, increased absenteeism for illness, delayed wound healing, and reduced night vision."  The Partnership recommends that tobacco cessation treatment should be a standard of care at every patient encounter, and views the Guide as a practical supplement to the publication, VA/DoDClinical Practice Guideline on Management of Tobacco Use (2008).

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