AMVETS is wholly committed to improving and protecting the health of all American Veterans and their families. As the nation’s most inclusive major veterans service organization, AMVETS is entering 2019 with a New Year’s Resolution to help veterans and their families stop smoking and eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.
“AMVETS made significant investments in 2018 to lead the way in advocating for veterans seeking access to high-quality healthcare, the most important issue facing veterans today,” said Joe Chenelly, AMVETS national executive director. “We will continue demanding the federal government do better, so we as veterans must do better ourselves at taking care of our own health. AMVETS will provide a path forward for smokers who want to quit and those who are around smokers.”
Through strategic partnerships, help will be available for AMVETS posts in the new year that are seeking a means to create an indoor smoke-free environment.
Members of the entire AMVETS family will have access to a variety of smoking cessation programs and group support within the organization. These programs will include outreach right in the veterans’ posts.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in people of all ages. Exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease and stroke. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.
Together we can be healthier, happier and more productive as veterans serving veterans.
AMVETS is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization. It is open to and fights for all veterans who served honorably, including reservists & guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for nearly 75 years.