DoD encourages servicemembers to quit smoking

It’s time for those New Year’s resolutions — The Department of Defense is asking military members to kick their smoking habits in 2011.

The DoD Alcohol and Tobacco Advisory Committee says tobacco use impairs military readiness and results in serious health problems for service members.

The Air Force Times reports DoD is encouraging people to take advantage of tobacco cessation programs offered through TRICARE.

DoD says it’s sending the message to quit, not just to active-duty military but also veterans and their families.

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