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Will Pentagon Ban Tobacco Use in the Military?

Health experts at the Pentagon want a ban on the sale and use of tobacco in the military, USA Today reports.

A study commissioned by the Pentagon and Veteran Affairs recommends banning the product in phases over the next several years. Additionally, it suggests that �achieving a tobacco-free military begins by closing the pipeline of new tobacco users entering the military and by promoting cessation programs to ensure abstinence� � which means requiring all enlisting members to be tobacco-free, Army.com reports.

As the head of the Pentagon�s office of clinical and program policy, Jack Smith told USA Today that he will be urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to adopt the proposals set forth by the study. It finds that tobacco use costs the Pentagon nearly $846 million each year. $6 billion is spent by the Department of Veteran Affairs on treating tobacco-related illnesses as well.

The Pentagon requested the study in 2007, according to Army.com. It found one in three service members currently use tobacco products, and that the heaviest smokers are in the Army and Marines. The study also found that tobacco use has risen since the start of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, suggesting a direct correlation between combat and tobacco use.

Heavy smoking has been part of military culture for years. �The image of the battle-weary soldier in fatigues and helmet, fighting for his country, has frequently included his lit cigarette,� the study says. A ban would mean fewer such associations, possibly changing the culture altogether, the study suggests.

Although tobacco use in the military is not encouraged, anti-tobacco advocate Kenneth Kizer told USA Today that such products are subsidized for troops. Much of the profits from their sale to troops go to recreation and family support programs.

If the proposals are adopted, tobacco products will not be sold at military commissaries. In addition, tobacco use would be banned on military property and tobacco use would be treated similarly to alcohol abuse and poor fitness, according to Army.com.
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3 comments to Will Pentagon Ban Tobacco Use in the Military?

  • GLC

    If smoking is legal in this country, how is it that it’s illegal to smoke? This just doesn’t make sence. If the government wants to ban smoking then they should just close down places like R.J. Reynolds. Why even bother with wasting time and money on anti-smoking ads and campaigns? Just cut the head off the source and be done with it.

    It will be a crying shame that our military won’t be able to smoke but the commander in chirf will be allowed. If obama is saying he’s 95% cured from smoking he’s a liar. 95% would be one cig a day per pack. I doubt that’s possible considering nicotines addictive properties. Since smoking has a 100% addiction rate compared to an 80% addiction rate for heroine and cocaine, what he’s saying wouldn’t be any different then a heroine or coke addict saying they only inject or sniff once a day. Give Me A Break!!!

    With cigarettes being taxed at about $2.00 a pack, where is the government going to get the billions of dollars it recieves off the cig tax once smoking is completely banned? There’s going to HAVE to be a tax increase somewhere to replace these funds? They aren’t going to let that money just vanish. Well maybe they will. The government lost billions in tax revenue when it let manufacturing jobs leave the U.S. All those workers that paid Federal, State, Local and Social Security taxes were just let go along with the tax money they paid. Thjat’s not counting the taxes the companies themselves paid.

    Oh well, they can always raise our property tax, sales tax, gasoline tax. Start taxing food. Double license plate fees, start issueing more traffic tickets…

  • Connie

    Our soldiers are under so much pressure, why add to their pressure by taking away something that they use to relax them. It is the most ridiculous thing, they are under fire from the enemy and here their government is taking their personal choice away from them. They are fighting for our freedom, let our soldiers have the freedom of choice.

  • Michael vanHaagen

    Smoking for our soldiers is bad for their health. Taking a bullet is OK?

    This government is truly unbelievable.

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