December 15, 2014 04:12 pm News Staff – When it comes to the use of tobacco products by U.S. Armed Services personnel, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),(www.congress.gov) which Congress passed as part of the $1.1 trillion omnibus government funding bill,(www.gpo.gov) is a mixed bag. On the upside, it does eliminate the discount for tobacco and tobacco-related products sold at military exchanges.
But this positive step comes as a broader call to discontinue tobacco sales in U.S. military installations fell flat. Specifically, language included in the NDAA prohibits "any new policy that would ban the sale of any legal consumer tobacco product category … within the defense retail systems or on any Department of Defense vessel at sea."
The news drew impassioned responses from anti-tobacco organizations. Gregg Haifley, director of federal relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), said in a news release(www.acscan.org) that "while the proposed legislation includes an important provision that would promote tobacco cessation by eliminating substantial price discounts currently applied to tobacco products sold at commissaries and exchanges, ACS CAN is extremely disappointed that additional language in the bill would prohibit any new policy banning the sale of tobacco products sold in defense retail establishments or on vessels at sea."
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