Evaluation of a Smoking Cessation Program in the U.S. Navy: Implications for Long Term Success and Failure
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The prevalence of smoking among military personnel exceeds rates established for the general population by approximately 20. Studies from 1980 through 1986 have estimated that approximately half of all military personnel are smokers. An examination of the Navys smoking cessation programs is necessary for the Navy to meet stated health objectives to reduce the prevalence of smoking among personnel, ensure a healthy work environment SECNAVINST 5100. 13A, and provide a substantial savings to the U.S. Navy in terms of potential person-hours lost due to smoking-related illnesses. The purpose of the study was to examine the conditions under which participants quit smoking in a Navy- sponsored smoking cessation program and abstained in follow-up.