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“Today, tobacco use is the most avoidable public health hazard in the Navy and Marine Corps.”

On 2 March 2012, the Secretary of the Navy sent out a memorandum stating that the Navy and Marine Corps tobacco policy will be strengthened at the end of this fiscal year. In the words of the Secretary,

“It is imperative those in leadership positions do everything possible to support personal responsibility for individual health and wellness. Today, tobacco use is the most avoidable public health hazard in the Navy and Marine Corps. To address this health hazard as forcefully as possible, I would like to redouble our efforts to reduce the prevalence oftobacco use by Naval personnel. To achieve this goal we must aggressively promote cessation efforts to those who use tobacco. ..”

 

The Memorandum states that the following actions will be taken:

 

1) All FDA-approved NRTs¬†shall be supplied at no cost to assigned service members aboard all ships, in all base clinics and pharmacies, and Battalion Aid Stations…

 

2) …the price of all tobacco products sold in Navy and Marine Corps exchanges shall match the most competitive price in the local community…

 

3)¬†…an information and education campaign, to include formal training as part of Navy and Marine Corps recruit training, shall be initiated immediately…

 

To see a copy of the Memorandum from the Secretary of the Navy, please click here.