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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

U.S. Army Toolkit for the Great American Smokeout 2003

Brad A. Taft, MS, RN, United States Army, 5158 Blackhawk Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5403


To provide tobacco control personnel in the US Army with basic information tools and tailored resources for the Great American Smokeout 2003.

Methods: The following six resources were displayed in a poster at a national conference for US military healthcare personnel: 1) tobacco control newspaper articles, 2) educational poster, 3) sample provider memo, 4) list of evidence-based tobacco control resources, 5) www link to the US Army Tobacco Cessation Program Materials at Fort Knox, KY and 6) stakeholder evaluation of material effectiveness. Collaboration with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz provided official letters discouraging the use of tobacco products by military personnel.

Results: Received the top award for Innovation at the 2003 Military Health System TRICARE Conference. All implementation materials were made freely available on the USACHPPM-DHPW website. Anecdotal evidence showed that materials were well-used and highly popular with Army Tobacco Control personnel.

**The views expressed herein are the views of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.