Smoking and the U.S. Army
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Smoking and related health problems have been given high attention since 1964 when the Surgeon General linked smoking with lung cancer. Evidence has been published proving that both smoking and passive smoking cause an extraordinary number of deaths from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. This paper summarizes evidence and concerns associated with the smoking problem. It addresses the effects of smoking and examines Army smoking policy and programs. It also explores the effects of passive smoking and describes initiatives taken by some federal and private agencies to protect nonsmokers from the effects of airborne smoke in the work place. Pending federal actions regarding environmental tobacco smoke are outlined. The author concludes with specific recommendations concerning the Army smoking and health program.