Soldiers May Be Forced to Say Bye-Bye to Cigarettes

Members of Congress and the Pentagon want to ban selling tobacco products on military bases and ships.
Oct 9, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

One-third of military members say they began smoking after they enlisted, but they may not be able to purchase tobacco products on base for much longer.

Proponents of the ban cite tobacco's health risks and the financial burden of caring for those with related illnesses. The smoking rate for service members is 10 percent higher than for the general public, but smoking is a legal activity. Given all of the sacrifices U.S. troops already make, the hosts debate whether the proposed ban goes too far and infringes on personal freedom.

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