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Urgent action is needed to tackle smoking in armed forces

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:125
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The high percentage of UK military personnel who smoke warrants urgent action, concludes a new study, which shows that the smoking rates increased even further while troops were deployed in Iraq.

    The study, which was based on a survey of some 600 army staff working in a field hospital in Iraq and is reported in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2004;97: 20-2), found that some 34% of “regulars” smoked. This percentage considerably exceeds the government's target to reduce the percentage of the whole population that smokes to 26% by …

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