WTVO/WQRF - In an effort to curb tobacco use, Congress targets the Armed Forces.
A new provision was added to the National Defense Authorization Act. It eliminates the military's price discount for tobacco products. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin supports the move. He says smoking among service members is 20% higher than the rest of tobacco.
"Discounting tobacco products lures even more servicemen and women into this unhealthy and deadly addiction" said Durbin. "Ending this price subsidy is a commonsense reform that will protect the health of our nation's troops."
Service members are entitled to a five percent discount when buying tobacco products at a military exchange. Durbin says the discount could get as high as 25%.
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