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Navy Secretary Considering Cigarette Ban

The Secretary of the Navy is mulling over a plan to ban the sale of tobacco on Navy ships. The ban would extend to stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases and will be the first of its kind in the U.S. military. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he wants sailors who are fit and resilient.

There’s grumbling in Congress though. Some members say the prohibition overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy but is legal. The Defense Department say tobacco use costs just over a billion and a half dollars annually in medical costs and lost work time. Some sailors and Marines, the secretary’s office said, understand the proposal, some are concerned, and some say they don’t much care.