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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Navy Pressed To End Tobacco Sales At Sea

Sailors could be stuck at sea without being able to buy cigarettes if anti-smoking lawmakers get their way.

The Navy is under pressure to enact a ban on tobacco sales aboard Navy ships and at bases from Democratic senators who want the military out of the cigarette business.

A group of five Democratic senators sent Navy Secretary Ray Mabus a letter, released publicly on Monday, that urged him to follow through with the proposed ban under consideration by the service.

“We commend your efforts and hope that you will move forward with this initiative, which will renew emphasis on the health of our dedicated sailors and Marines as well as provide for increased combat readiness,” Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) wrote.


Anonymous said...

Ok, but let's cut off the booze to lawmakers at the same time.

How many of them have been lawmaking under the influence?

Anonymous said...

So without a draft system, how many that smoke will join. Are we stupid or what.

Anonymous said...

Or..mid you want to smoke smoke.. Stop trying to control oeople

Anonymous said...

Given that many of the military jobs now require some degree of intelligence due to modernization/computerization and less need for a warm body to fill boots, the government probably would prefer that the smokers not join.

Anonymous said...

Wow, how stupid can the US get? Oh, John Kerry just pulled Putin's Netflix account in retaliation for taking Crimea. Oh, God, THAT will make him pull out!


I am so embarrassed to be an American right now.

Anonymous said...

My Dad used to buy cigarettes from the ship's store for 10 cents a pack in the 1950's. I used to buy them for 25 cents a pack in the '70s. It was a government conspiracy with tobacco companies to addict us on the cheap.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry: Both of OweBama's autobiographies will still be able to be purchased from ship's store and at PX.

Next up: planting veggie gardens on carrier decks so Moochie's menu will be available!