Predicting Cigarette Initiation and Re-Initiation Among Active Duty Air Force Recruits
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Introduction The first year of military service in the Air Force is a particularly vulnerable time for tobacco use. All enlisted Air Force recruits are required to remain tobacco free for the first 12 weeks. Despite the fact that a majority of Airmen express confidence that they will not use tobacco, most will return to smoking and many nonsmokers initiate once the ban is lifted. Understanding the factors associated with cigarette smoking initiation among non-users and re-initiation among former users is critical for the development of successful tobacco use interventions.