Year of Publication



Public Health

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Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Michael Cull

Committee Member

Dr. John Lyons

Committee Member

Dr. Joseph Benitez


Tobacco usage still remains the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Service members and veterans, especially those residing in tobacco-growing states, face higher levels of societal pressure to take up the habit compared to their civilian counterparts. This research investigates why this is the case, the differences in health outcomes, and the differences in socioeconomic factors between the veteran smoking and non-smoking populations before making policy recommendations to policymakers and stakeholders to address this problem.

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