Tobacco Use Higher for Veterans


Health Editor’s Note with comments by Senior Editor, Gordon Duff:  The Veterans Administration has long known the unhealthy effects that tobacco has on our veterans and has behaved irresponsibly, negligently, if not criminally with encouraging veterans to remain chained to tobacco . 

The VA has announced that DOD medical campuses and medical treatment facilities will become tobacco-free by 2020.  This is many years past the current view of a tobacco ban on university campuses as well as university health campuses. In addition to traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers are also prohibited from campuses.  The number of years campuses became tobacco-free will have far outdistanced the VA’s determination for tobacco-free health facilities. Some examples of timelines for tobacco banning are: University of Toledo Hospital Campus-2014, University of Toledo Campus-2012, Ohio State University Campus- 2014, University of Michigan Campus – 2011, Michigan State Campus-2016, Harvard University-2014. The VA has always been irresponsible and negligent in promoting the health of veterans. 

What you will not find in this article is mention that VA facilities have been dispensing cigarettes to veterans, some in wheel chairs while wearing an oxygen cannula, for years.  The process to receive those cigarettes was to sign a log-in sheet and show your ID to receive your allotted ration of two free packs of cigarettes.  In Grand Rapids, MI, this was every Thursday morning starting at 9:30 am and weather permitting, veterans were in line at 6 a.m., as though they were buying tickets to see Elvis.  Coughing, wheezing, yellowed teeth and fingers, grizzled looking skin, raspy voices, the stench of cigarette smoke emanating from clothing are all descriptors of this group of “free cigarette-seeking” veterans.   Of course, everyone who was stranding in those lines is now dead. 

The tobacco lobby is the big pharma lobby, is the global warming denialist, is the “radiation is good for you” lobby, are the same legislators that take money from pay day loan and credit card scamsters, is from the E.coli illegal alien chicken slaughter houses, is from the banks that run the CIA, and are the companies that sell us our useless armaments.  Do we need to take a second to describe the F-35 or our junk air craft carriers, or AGEIS, or THAAD, or the Patriot Missiles, or explain why the roads of the Middle East are lined with turret less tanks M1A of course and Striker fighting vehicles knocked out by cheap 40 year-old Soviet surplus weapons?

But today we are just talking about cigarettes.  After all, why not give cigarettes to people who have been sprayed down with dioxin or in another war, you tested deeply flawed and murderous vaccines on.  Another aside is that, and I cannot help but mention this, covering up declassified history has become a full time job.  We began the last century fighting a war against Spain on behalf of the Rockefellers and Rothschilds. 

A decade later we look on a central bank owned by the Rothschilds and went to war with Germany for one reason-Germany refused to use that same central bank. Germany refused the concept of a Rothschild owned central bank and earned them a place at the “hate Germany” table. We went to war with Hitler for the exact same reason and now it’s beginning to look like 99% of the stories we tell and retell about the Nazis are fairy tales, reminiscent of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. We then went to war in Korea on behalf of our enemies in WWII, who continued to enslave and butcher the Korean people. 35,000 Americans died to keep the Park family of butchers, who the Koreans finally got rid of last year after over half a century of suffering. What we did in Vietnam was far worse, another bankster war, and we did not begin again until 1991, and then again in 2001 and that one is still going on.

America is now totally controlled by organized crime, our universities run by Rockefeller and Rothschild founded groups that fabricate history.  Every American spends every day of their life with every transaction watched, every word listened to, waiting till an Israeli trained cop-thug guns us down while we reach for our car keys or mobile phone. 

Did it all begin with lying about cigarettes and cancer?  What I can tell you is this, 10 billion dollars’ worth of tobacco payoffs build the American system of government including the congressional system that has allowed organized crime to control every American institution, the media, schools, medicine, government, the military, and even now science.  From now on, all exists for one reason only, humiliation and it all began before Trump. He just took it to a whole new level. 

The article below will give you insight/proof into how little the veteran has been taken care of. “Here, take these free cigarettes, they are our gift to you for offering up your body, life, health, and mind for your country.” Maybe you turned to the military world in desperation to find a job so you could make a living or perhaps you did feel a need to serve a country that will not take care of you. We have used you and no longer have a use for you and we will hurry up the process of your death by giving you an agent to hasten your inevitable demise. I wish I was just making this stuff up……..Carol  

Tobacco Use Common in U.S. Vets

Smoking rate among younger veterans double that of older veterans

by Salynn Boyles, Contributing Writer   January 12, 2018

Tobacco use among veterans of the U.S. military remains higher than among the general adult population, with three in 10 veterans using some form of tobacco product, according to CDC researchers.

In an analysis of National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data from 2010-2015, 29.2% of military veterans reported current tobacco use, Satomi Odani, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

A total of 21.6% reported smoking cigarettes, compared to about 15% of the overall U.S. adult population.

Tobacco use was higher among veterans than among non-veterans for both males and females across all age groups, with the exception of males age 50 and older.

In 2015, approximately 18.8 million U.S. adults were classified as military veterans. Historically, tobacco use has been higher among military veterans than non-veterans, but the report noted that there has previously been little data on use of tobacco products other than cigarettes in this population.

The analysis revealed that:

Current tobacco use was highest for cigarettes (21.6%), followed by cigars (6.2%), smokeless tobacco (5.2%), roll-your-own tobacco (3%), and pipes (1.5%)

Current use of two or more tobacco products was reported by 7% of veterans

Current tobacco use was high among veterans who reported no health insurance (60.1%), living in poverty (53.7%), serious psychological distress (48.2%), and having less than a high school education (37.9%)

And more than half (56.8%) of younger veterans between the ages of 18 and 25 reported being current smokers.

Tobacco use was lowest among veterans who were age 50 and older (23.8%), non-Hispanic white (28.3%), had a college degree or higher (17.2%), or had a family income of $75,000 or more.

The report highlighted the significant financial impact of tobacco use, given the high prevalence of cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products among military personnel and veterans.

“During 2010, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) spent an estimated $2.7 billion on smoking-related ambulatory care, prescription drugs, hospitalization, and home care for the segment of the veteran population receiving VHA services,” the report noted.

That $2.7 billion represents 7.6% of the VHA expenditures on health services for which the cost of smoking could be attributed.

The report concluded that interventions that impact both current and former military members are important to reduce tobacco use among veterans.

Potential interventions highlighted in the report include implementing tobacco-free policies at military installations and Veterans Affairs medical centers and clinics, increasing the age requirement to buy tobacco on military bases to 21 years, and eliminating tobacco product discounts through military retailers.

“Progress has been made in recent years in promoting tobacco cessation and de-normalizing smoking among military personnel and veterans,” the report noted.

“This includes VHA’s efforts to increase access to tobacco use treatment options as well as the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) prohibition of tobacco use on DOD medical campuses and medical treatment facilities, with a goal to achieve tobacco-free installations by 2020. Continued implementation of these and other evidence-based tobacco control interventions on military and veteran facilities can help reduce tobacco use and tobacco-attributable disease and death among veterans.”


The authors disclosed no financial relationships with industry.

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Source Reference: Odani S, et al “Tobacco product use among military veterans – United States, 2010-2015” MMWR 2018; DOI: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6701a2.

Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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