Term of Award

Fall 2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Committee Chair

Moya Alfonso

Committee Member 1

Julie Reagan

Committee Member 2

Robert Vogel


Few studies have examined soldier and commander views of the barriers and facilitators towards stricter tobacco control policy in the military. Commanders (n=10) from an army installation were individually interviewed and two focus groups (n=5 and n=9) of soldiers informed the development of a paper survey, which was administered to 328 of the 357 randomly selected soldiers. Facilitators identified were: uniformity; national level policy; informed by smokers, non-smokers and medical personnel; and provision of alternatives for stress relief. Barriers identified were: enforcement, low morale with tobacco cessation, perceived personal rights violation, and lack of belief that tobacco negatively impacts readiness.

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