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Pentagon considering banning cigarette sales on ships and bases

If you’re a member of the military, easy access to cigarettes could soon go up in smoke.The Department of Defense is considering banning the sale of cigarettes on ships and bases in an effort to get service members to stop smoking.The Pentagon says no final decision has been made about banning sales to the troops, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, himself a Vietnam vet, explained why he has asked for a review."The costs, health care costs, are astounding.  Well over a billion dollars, just in the Department of Defense, on tobacco-related illness and health care,” Hagel explained Monday during a Pentagon press conference before leaving for a 10-day trip to Hawaii and Asia.“Now, the dollars are one thing, but the health of your -- of your people, I don't know if you put a price tag on that. So I think it does need to be looked at and reviewed.”A March 14 Defense Department memo issues guidance to all the service chiefs:"Although we stopped distributing cigarettes to our Service members ...

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