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Is the Navy Attracting or Creating Smokers?
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The purpose of this study was to examine whether the Navy is attracting smokers or creating smokers once individuals join the Navy. The results indicated that the Navy is not attracting a higher than expected percentage of smokers from the U.S. population. Rather, many men start to smoke after they enter the Navy. These findings suggest that the Navy should implement strong prevention programs in recruit training. There were also large numbers of ex-smokers in the shipboard sample, which demonstrates that men in the Navy can and do quit smoking. Thus, the Navy should also develop effective smoking cessation programs for people who smoke. Effective smoking prevention and cessation programs should decrease health care costs, increase productivity, increase physical fitness, and produce a healthier and fitter force.
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