Tobacco Use in the Military: An Insider's Perspective
Video Length | 1:02:18
Recorded | November 2023
In this Learning Lab episode, host Kathleen Bates sits down with retired Naval Executive Officer, Alvaro (Al) Lima, to reflect on the changing targeted marketing tactics he witnessed from tobacco companies over the course of his 30 years of service. In addition, Lima provides insight on the cultural acceptance of tobacco use while serving tours in other countries and the altered sense of reality it has created for men and women globally since the 80's. Lastly, Kathleen and Al discuss practical efforts to bridge the gap in denormalizing the use of tobacco, especially among new recruits and veterans.
Al Lima is a retired Senior Military Leader, with over 30 years of C-level experience in the Department of
Defense. Alvaro excelled in serving the United States in the U.S. Navy as the Executive Officer, Officer in
Charge, Chief of Operations and Chief of Planning in Rhode Island, Hawaii, Texas..., Florida, California,
Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Portugal, and Spain.
Al was a Senior Military Leader serving as the Emergency Management Chair where he was responsible for all humanitarian aspects of emergencies on base. Safety Committee Chair, responsible for the oversight of the Navy Occupational Safety and Health, and Operational Risk Management. Navy Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council Chair, responsible for anti-drug and alcohol policy implementations.
Al received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, his Master of Science in Information Technology management from Touro University, and 36 PHD hours in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology from Trident University.
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Learning Lab Host
Kathleen Bates, MS
Kathleen Bates is the Youth Initiatives Program Manager at the Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas
State University. Kathleen is dedicated to educating and empowering people of all ages to support healthy
communities and has actively engaged in prevention work since graduating...with her
bachelor’s in 2012. Her
background comes from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness where the love of working with
and communities truly flourished. Kathleen holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Science specializing in community
health from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science in public health education and
promotion from Texas State University.
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Podcast Produced By: Community Prevention Program, Youth & Community Initiatives Division