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Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales

Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that he supports a forcewide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations. “I think we owe it to our people,” Hagel said at a Pentagon news conference. The military’s health care costs attributable to tobacco use are “astounding, well over a billion dollars” a year, Hagel said. “Dollars are one thing, but the health of your people, I don’t know if you put a price on that. So I do think it needs to be looked at and reviewed,” Hagel said. “Whether we, in the military, through commissaries [and] PXs, sell or continue to sell tobacco is something that we need to look at. And we are looking at it,” Hagel said. A Defense Department memo dated March 14 that was obtained by Military Times encourages the services to eliminate tobacco sales — and even tobacco use — on military bases, although it stops short of ordering specific ...

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