Smoking in the military: An old habit dies hard

Aug 28, 2009 Full story: DNJ.com 46

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Gen. Douglas MacArthur had his signature corncob pipe.

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nurtz

Nashville, TN

#48 Jan 23, 2011
Odd this is coming back after all this time.

The military big noises are clearly realizing what a huge mistake they made all those decades in permitting the tobacco companies access to the captive market that is the military.

They will, eventually, take the step, but there are obvious problems when camaraderie and tradition link with the need to bond with those around you as solidly as is the case in the armed forces. I don't envy the Pentagon the task of addressing all those years' worth of heavily promoted/authorized addiction, either.

Another side of the issue inovlves bringing troops back home. How will the changed bar scene work with them?

Still, though, the problem remains the marketing/addiction rather than the regulation.

“Happy”

Since: Oct 10

Holidays

#49 Feb 3, 2011
Can you smoke in your car with kids in it in north carolina.

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#50 Feb 5, 2011
nurtz wrote:
Odd this is coming back after all this time.
The military big noises are clearly realizing what a huge mistake they made all those decades in permitting the tobacco companies access to the captive market that is the military.
They will, eventually, take the step, but there are obvious problems when camaraderie and tradition link with the need to bond with those around you as solidly as is the case in the armed forces. I don't envy the Pentagon the task of addressing all those years' worth of heavily promoted/authorized addiction, either.
Another side of the issue inovlves bringing troops back home. How will the changed bar scene work with them?
Still, though, the problem remains the marketing/addiction rather than the regulation.
Our neighborhood returning vets don't even know the ban exists. Most small working class neighborhood adult bars (not restaurants) are ignoring the ban.

“Happy”

Since: Oct 10

Holidays

#51 Jul 16, 2011
You people are a bunch of retards.

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#52 Jul 17, 2011
Every one seems to for get that the cigs were give to us in war time, they came four to a pack. Every one for gets cigs on any bace till 1990's were cheap and again some free.
The government is to blame yes as they gave us the cigs and NEW back then it was not good to puff away. But till the 1990's it was OK to give them cigs and let them puff to some death!

Do not blame just the service member who smoked or is still smoking.

Every one is quick to jump on him or her but we have to remember how it all started = US Government and WE the people also gave money to the farmers to grow more cheaper to sell to the troops over seas or in the USA.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#53 Jul 17, 2011
Ken1569 wrote:
Every one seems to for get that the cigs were give to us in war time, they came four to a pack. Every one for gets cigs on any bace till 1990's were cheap and again some free.
The government is to blame yes as they gave us the cigs and NEW back then it was not good to puff away. But till the 1990's it was OK to give them cigs and let them puff to some death!
Do not blame just the service member who smoked or is still smoking.
Every one is quick to jump on him or her but we have to remember how it all started = US Government and WE the people also gave money to the farmers to grow more cheaper to sell to the troops over seas or in the USA.
The Pentagon has looked more than once over the last decade or two at proscribing smoking in the military (I believe it's been done on submarines), but the logistics of saying "Thou shalt not" to so many armed, combat-trained addicts is daunting even at their level.

The smoking rate is far higher in the military than in the civilian population--largely because of the decades-long policy of permitting the tobacco industry to take advantage of the essentially captive market. This should have become an enormous class-action suit against the tobacco companies when it was established that they had been defrauding the public and the government regarding the addictiveness of nicotine. This should NOT be part of what troops sign on for when putting themselves "in harm's way" for their country.

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