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Smoking leads to disease and disability. Conditions associated with smoking include cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (emphysema and chronic bronchitis). Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. Within VA, research into smoking focuses on smoking-cessation intervention programs, education, and outreach; and improving the health outcomes of Veterans with smoking-related conditions.

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(5 of more than 500 SMOKING focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 20 SMOKING focused publication briefs)

  • Effects of Cannabis among Adults with Chronic Pain
    This systematic review assesses the efficacy of cannabis for treating chronic pain, and provides a broad overview of the short- and long-term physical and mental health effects of cannabis use in chronic pain and general patient populations. Overall, investigators found low-strength evidence that cannabis may improve pain in some patients with neuropathic pain and insufficient evidence to characte...
    Date: August 5, 2017
  • Comparing Food Insecurity between Veterans and non-Veterans
    This study examined the prevalence of food insecurity in an older male population. Findings showed that there was a significantly lower prevalence of food insecurity among male Veterans compared to non-Veterans (6% vs. 12%, respectively). Nevertheless, several factors predisposed male Veterans to a higher risk for being food insecure. Younger Veterans (aged 50-64) were more likely to be food insec...
    Date: March 23, 2017
  • Gender and Smoking Impact Severity of Musculoskeletal Pain among OEF/OIF Veterans
    This study sought to examine gender differences in the association between cigarette smoking and moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain in Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Findings showed that both gender and current smoking status were significantly associated with increased odds of moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain. Male Veteran non-smokers were more likely than female Vetera...
    Date: March 14, 2017
  • OEF/OIF/OND Veterans that Currently Smoke More Likely to Receive Opioid Prescription than Non-Smokers
    This study sought to determine if smoking status is associated with the receipt of opioids among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans – and to examine important covariates of smoking (i.e., current pain intensity, gender, and mental health diagnoses) and receipt of opioids. Findings showed that compared to non-smokers, OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who were current smokers were more likely to receive an opioid prescriptio...
    Date: September 21, 2016
  • Lung Cancer Screening Programs May Have Unintended Consequences on Beliefs about Smoking Cessation
    This study aimed to learn from patients who were offered screening how the availability of screening influenced their motivations regarding smoking cessation. Findings showed that current smokers attached exaggerated personal benefits to lung cancer screening. Misperceptions about susceptibility to harms from tobacco can be reinforced and potentially exacerbated by screening due to existing cognit...
    Date: September 1, 2015

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( 5 of more than 27 SMOKING focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 15-092 Pain-related Anxiety Intervention for Smokers with Chronic Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Smoking Cessation Counseling for Veterans Bastian, Lori 2017-02-01
IIR 11-300 Adjunctive Mood Management for Telephone-based Smoking Cessation in Primary Care Gierisch, Jennifer 2015-07-01
PPO 14-130 Integrating Smoking Cessation with Lung Cancer Screening Zeliadt, Steven 2015-07-01
RRP 13-236 Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Smoking Cessation in VHA HIV Care Himelhoch, Seth 2014-10-01
NRI 08-371 Auriculotherapy for Smoking Cessation Fritz, Deborah 2010-09-01

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5 sample "Smoking" publications displayed.

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The most recent "Smoking" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
4/4/2017 Pain, Alcohol, and Tobacco Smoking: Bidirectional Relations and Novel Treatment Considerations Ditre, Joseph  
3/23/2017 Implementing Smoking Cessation into Delivery of Lung Cancer Screening Zeliadt, Steven  
11/1/2016 Cigarette Smoking as a Risk Factor for Chronic Opioid Use Bastian, Lori  
2/29/2016 Women Veterans in the Women's Health Initiative: Diseases and Conditions Gray, Kristen  
LaFleur, Joanne  
Patel, Kushang  
Bastian, Lori  
12/8/2015 A Tobacco Risk Communication Intervention for Veterans Receiving Cancer Care: Preliminary Findings Krebs, Paul  

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