Navy Considers Banning Tobacco Sales At Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point


Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

The Navy Department, which includes the Marine Corps, would be the first military department to prohibit tobacco sales.

WITN caught up with service members in Jacksonville who say smokers will just buy cigarettes off base.

"I think it's an idea with good intention, but I don't like the idea of forcing people who do smoke to change their lifestyle," says Matthew Riczo, a Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital Corpsman. "You could stop selling tobacco on base, but it's not going to stop people that smoke anyways."

The Defense Department says tobacco use costs it an estimated $1.6 billion annually in medical costs and lost work time.

Some congressional members are pushing back against the proposal. Opponents in Congress say the prohibition overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy but still legal.
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Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back.

The Navy Department, which includes the Marine Corps, would be the first military department to prohibit tobacco sales.

Mabus says he wants sailors who are fit and resilient. Opponents in Congress say the prohibition overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy but still legal.

The Defense Department says tobacco use costs it an estimated $1.6 billion annually in medical costs and lost work time.

A spokeswoman for Mabus says some sailors and Marines understand the proposal, while others are indifferent and others are concerned.


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