Last week a report came out that claimed that tobacco use harms military readiness. Now, according to a report on Bloomberg, the Pentagon is looking into cutting tobacco use and discounts for the military.
According to the article Ray Mabus, Navy Secretary has begun looking into banning tobacco sales on Navy ships as well as Navy and Marine Corps bases. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has requested a Defense Department review of tobacco policies.
Thankfully there are members of congress who are protecting the right to enjoy a cigar. Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican from the state of California has inserted language into a defense bill that would require the military commissaries to keep selling.
The policy review Hagel has requested is expected to be finished within a couple of months, and what will happen is up in the air at this point.
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