Tobacco Use A Thing Of The Past On Military Bases?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Servicemen and women on military bases like Camp Lejeune could soon be banned from smoking or using tobacco products.

A proposed ban from pentagon health experts urges Defense Secretary Robert Gates to prohibit the use and or sale of tobacco products on military installations like Camp Lejeune.

Former Marines and the general manager at a local tobacco shop in Jacksonville, we talked to say it's a right that shouldn't be taken away from men and woman who fight for our freedom.

There is no word on when this ban could take effect.

A pentagon health study shows that tobacco use costs the pentagon nearly 850 million dollars a year in medical care.


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  • by Babe Location: Ayden on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    If someone is keeping up with how much time is being spent on breaks...how much time are they spending doing their job? I want that job.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 15, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    They are going to ban tobacco products from our soilders and feed them MRE's while convicted felonys get to smoke and eat hot meals. Ban and enforce the use of tobacco in prisons. What is good for our soilders is good for our law breakers
  • by David Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 04:28 AM
    I am a non-tobacco user who is in the military. If they are going to pose this restriction on service members, it should be banned useage for all federal employees. If it costs the military $846 million a year in lost time, costs, etc, then it must be a much greater for expense for federal employees.
  • by DLP Location: CA on Jul 14, 2009 at 11:42 PM
    you can tote a gun kill a person but you can.t drink booze or smoke a cig pretty soon our military will have a bunch of wimps in there it sure sound like a dictator is running thing now DCC USN RET
  • by plain wrong Location: nc on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:16 PM
    This is just plain wrong. I'm not a smoker, but adults over 18 should be allowed to smoke if they so choose. They know the risks. I like MrT's Moronic Plague theory. Seems to ring true today.
  • by elviswas a govt worker also on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    Jane--I stand by my statement, and I will get 10 times as many to verify my contention than you could produce ,that is if your witnesses would be truthful! Thank me very much!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 14, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Mr. Humberstone, were they(USSR subjects) allowed to say that Comrade Brezhnev, or Comrade Khrushchev were morons and didn't know how to run the country.I don't think so, unless you wanted to take a long, long vacation in sunny, warm Siberia.America is losing their freedoms faster now than ever. Call it whatever you like. Socialism, Communism, Fascist,or the Moronic Plague of Washington. At least you are still free to do that.And if you think there are a lot of welfare freeloaders now, wait until Barack gets his Socialist government in place.Remember the frog in the pot of boiling water? I don't like smoking because I had a ex that passed from lung cancer, but if an adult knows the risk and chooses to do so, then that should be their right.
  • by Babe Location: Ayden on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    I'd like to know about how they calculate 850 m...I smoke and have been for 32 yrs and my insurance has never had to pay for anything that was linked to it..nor have I been diagnosed w/ anything linked to smoking. I don't get it.....
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    That's true, Mr. T. Good point, as usual. Actually, an excellent point.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    I like those old WW2 movies where you could even smoke on a Subermarine while underwater. How times have changed. We have leveled off the Sub Captain. The smoking lamp is lit butt me. Those were the days.
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