Health & Safety

February 21, 2014

DOD anti-tobacco video contest now open for public voting

The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new tobacco countermarketing video competition aimed to target tobacco as being an enemy of the military as it degrades health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy,” will run until March 14.

WASHINGTON – The Air Force community is encouraged to kick off 2014 by voting online for the best anti-tobacco video in the Department of Defense-sponsored Fight the Enemy until March 14.

Five finalists have been selected for public voting, including two Air Force entrants. The contest videos capture the theme of tobacco use as the “enemy” that degrades health, fitness, work productivity and mission performance.

Voting is open to all through the contest’s website, which will link individuals to the Military Health System’s YouTube channel. To vote, people can click on the “Like” button for any of the five videos. The video with the most “Likes” will be declared the winner of the People’s Choice Award. In separate judging, an expert panel will also be selecting contest winners.

“We invite everyone in the Air Force community: Airmen, civilians, contractors, family members, retirees, friends; to visit the site and vote for your favorite videos,” said Col. (Dr.) John Oh, the Air Force Medical Support Agency chief of health promotion. “We’ve got some creative talent in DOD and these videos humorously and poignantly reinforce an important message that tobacco use is our military’s enemy.”

According to the 2011 Department of Defense survey of health related behaviors, 16.7 percent of active duty Airmen smokes cigarettes either some days or every day, which compares favorably to the DOD average of 24.0 percent and the civilian population average of 21.2 percent among those 18-65 years of age. On the other hand, smokeless tobacco use among Airmen at 13.3 percent, is well above the civilian adult prevalence of 2.7 percent.

“While the Air Force’s tobacco use compares favorably to other services, there are some groups, particularly junior enlisted Airmen, with higher prevalence of tobacco use (and) in (where) tobacco use is more socially accepted,” Oh said. “On average, young Airmen who quit smoking can get back the 10 years of life they will otherwise lose to tobacco. Congratulations to all the contest entrants who are committed to being good wingmen to their peers.”

Additional information on the Fight the Enemy contest including frequently asked questions, can be found on the contest website. Tobacco Free Living resources for the military community can be found at the Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud website at http://www.ucanquit2.org/.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
summer-safety

Summertime fire safety

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Summer is upon us! This means lots of fun with family and friends. At the Edwards AFB Fire Department we want your summer to be fun, memorable and safe. Here are a few tips to help keep you...
 
 

Enhance teamwork, effectiveness, significance and leadership skills!

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices. The program’s goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen....
 
 

AADD volunteer opportunities for July

The AADD (Airmen Against Drunk Driving) team is looking for volunteers for the month of July. Please help the fight in continuing to keep the streets safe and free of drunk drivers. Your help is needed. Look over the AADD volunteer responsibilities for an overview of what is expected if you are not familiar. A)...
 

 
darpa-robots

Edwards announces new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response web page

Team Edwards and its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office continue to make improvements in its fight against sexual assault. As part of that effort, the base along with the SAPR office, has created a new web page to ra...
 
 
Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens

Summer safety begins with risk management

Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens Increased travel and leisure activities that go hand-in-hand with the summer months require increased emphasis on risk management, said Air Force Chief of Ground Safety, Bill Parsons. Increa...
 
 
MG-appointments

Don’t be a no show

The 412th Medical Group is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of you and your family by providing access to its services and the best possible medical care. No shows are a costly problem for the 412th MDG and the patie...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>