Coldfusion cannot be blamed here. It communicates only indrectly with the browser, through the web server. Even so, it is likely that the change in back-button behaviour is in the browser itself. It is warning you that you are about to resubmit the form which, in many ways, is quite nice of the browser.
One obvious 'setting' you can use to prevent the back-button behaviour is redirection. For example, you may, after processing the form variables on the action page, use cflocation to redirect to another page.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
Sorry if I was not clear. I have the same pages running on production on CF9 and in development on CF11 (as we are getting ready to upgrade our servers). On CF9 the back button works. On CF11 we get the form resubmit warning. I've tried this with Firefox and Chrome. Because the differences are the version of ColdFusion and the environment (production / development) the cause is either a change in ColdFusion after CF9 or some (CF admin or IIS) setting.
We should ignore the difference in Coldfusion version for a moment. It might just be that the previous behaviour was incorrect and what you now observe, with CF11, is the correct behaviour.
A form-resubmit warning is essential. In fact, it can even be vital in certain circumstances. It is telling you that someone, some process or some thread has attempted to resubmit a form.
In your case, clicking the back button apparently refreshes the action page of the form. This is analogous, in business terms, to repeating an order that has already been placed. The related validation code, queries, etc. will run once again. Obviously an unwelcome situation.