At least not in war zones. Could this ban idea be yet another Obama plan to destroy our military?
Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco will remain fixtures in war zones, despite a recent Department of Defense-commissioned study that recommended eliminating tobacco use in the military, a spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert Gates said this week.
Gates believes stemming tobacco could put more unwanted stress on servicemembers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, spokesman Geoff Morrell said Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
“I don’t think that he is interested in adding to their stress levels by taking away one of the few outlets they may have to relieve stress — and that may be chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes,” Morrell said during a press briefing.
The remarks highlight the DOD’s complicated relationship with tobacco and appear to be a push back against the Institute of Medicine study released in June that criticized the military for wanting to limit use while also selling and distributing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. STARS & STRIPES
You know Obama has gone too far when even liberals like Whoopi Goldberg bash the idea.
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