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PostSubject: Ban on tobacco urged in military   Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:34 pm

hi all i thought you guys would like to read this
Ban on tobacco urged in military


Yahoo! Buzz Digg Newsvine Reddit FacebookWhat's this?By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban the use of tobacco by troops and end its sale on military property, a change that could dramatically alter a culture intertwined with smoking.
Jack Smith, head of the Pentagon's office of clinical and program policy, says he will recommend that Gates adopt proposals by a federal study that cites rising tobacco use and higher costs for the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs as reasons for the ban.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, requested by the VA and Pentagon, calls for a phased-in ban over a period of years, perhaps up to 20. "We'll certainly be taking that recommendation forward," Smith says.

A tobacco ban would confront a military culture, the report says, in which "the image of the battle-weary soldier in fatigues and helmet, fighting for his country, has frequently included his lit cigarette."

Also, the report said, troops worn out by repeated deployments often rely on cigarettes as a "stress reliever." The study found that tobacco use in the military increased after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

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Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the department supports a smoke-free military "and believes it is achievable." She declined to elaborate on any possible ban.

One in three servicemembers use tobacco, the report says, compared with one in five adult Americans. The heaviest smokers are soldiers and Marines, who have done most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the study says. About 37% of soldiers use tobacco and 36% of Marines. Combat veterans are 50% more likely to use tobacco than troops who haven't seen combat.

Tobacco use costs the Pentagon $846 million a year in medical care and lost productivity, says the report, which used older data. The Department of Veterans Affairs spends up to $6 billion in treatments for tobacco-related illnesses, says the study, which was released late last month.

Along with a phased-in ban, the report recommends requiring new officers and enlisted personnel to be tobacco-free, eliminating tobacco use on military installations, ships and aircraft, expanding treatment programs and eliminating the sale of tobacco on military property. "Any tobacco use while in uniform should be prohibited," the study says.

The military complicates attempts to curb tobacco use by subsidizing tobacco products for troops who buy them at base exchanges and commissaries, says Kenneth Kizer, a committee member and architect of California's anti-tobacco program.

Seventy percent of profits from tobacco sales $88 million in 2005 pays for recreation and family support programs, the study stays.

Strong leadership could make the military tobacco-free in five to 10 years, Kizer says. President Obama, he says, could set an example for the military by ending his own smoking habit once and for all. Last month, Obama said he is "95% cured" but "there are times when I mess up" and smoke.
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PostSubject: Re: Ban on tobacco urged in military   Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:04 pm

This story is being reported on several sites. It has legs; another example of groups in power wanting everything their "way." And, of course, these behavior Nazis want to save us from our sins. Big Brother knows best, don't cha know!!! Any do-gooder SOB said anything to me about my after-combat mission cigar; his nuts were kicked up into his throat!!! One time while in SEA, we were being debriefed by an intel type who started "fussing" about our cigar smoke. Four of us hauled his a$$ outside and threw him in a sewage ditch!!

Hell, if they want to lower the health-care costs to the VA and Pentagon; quit gettin' into these long-term, never-ending wars!! Go in, kill'em all, let God sort it out, go home!! Seems simple enough to me. cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Ban on tobacco urged in military   Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:21 pm

Don't $%#& with my tobacco you @$#%&*&*!

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PostSubject: Re: Ban on tobacco urged in military   Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:32 pm

You wanna talk about fraggings, and such? I wouldn't want to try to enforce such a ban on a bunch of grunts just returned from a long patrol in Injun Country. I spent 22 years in the Army, and never did anyone try to totally ban smoking. As time went along, it got more and more restricted, but the powers-that-be had better sense than to try to institute an outright ban.
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PostSubject: Re: Ban on tobacco urged in military   Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:12 am

ftrplt wrote:
Hell, if they want to lower the health-care costs to the VA and Pentagon; quit gettin' into these long-term, never-ending wars!! Go in, kill'em all, let God sort it out, go home!! Seems simple enough to me. cheers FTRPLT

Amen Brother!
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