CYAN Military Program

Project UNIFORM (Undoing Nicotine Influence From Our Respected Military) creates military-civilian partnerships to address tobacco use in military communities by providing culturally appropriate tobacco control information and trainings to existing military cessation programs on installations; collaborating with military support networks to promote cessation services;  and educating tobacco control professionals to the culture and existing services within the Armed Forces of the United States.

Military service members and their families are an integral part of communities throughout California. With more than 150,000 service members within the state, California has one of the largest military populations in the United States. According to a State of California study as well as the most current numbers for the Department of Defense, military service members have tobacco use rates double that of the California civilian population.

With distinctive cultural considerations and varied access to services, active duty military personnel, their families, and Veterans have unique needs when it comes to tobacco prevention, cessation, and outreach.  It is vital that members of military communities be included in all tobacco control efforts.

Project UNIFORM Background

CYAN started addressing military tobacco use in late 2005. Prior to the military project, CYAN had worked extensively with straight-to-work young adults and found that a great deal of 18-24 year olds joined the military prior to attending college. A State of California commissioned study confirmed that active duty service members in California had a tobacco use rate twice that of civilian adult populations. In direct response to these dramatic results, Project UNIFORM (Undoing Nicotine Influence From Our Respected Military) was established. Staff has worked tirelessly with installations throughout California and the nation to create military-civilian partnerships to address tobacco use within military communities.

Project UNIFORM Website

CYAN has created a Project UNIFORM-specific website which houses all military-related materials, resources, and opportunities.  Please visit projectuniform.org to learn more about military tobacco control issues as well as receive free materials to support reducing tobacco use by service members and Veterans.