U.S. Military Hikes Cigarette Prices on Bases
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Buying cigarettes on U.S. military bases is going to get a little pricier.
Citing an April 8 memo, Reuters reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has issued new policy guidelines aimed at curbing tobacco use within the military that include raising the prices of tobacco on military bases to match local market prices.
The new policy also includes expanding the smoke-free zones in areas frequented by children.
A U.S. defense official told the news outlet the price increases will take into account taxes charged in local communities, which are not charged on base. Officials are currently reviewing ways to implements the policy guidelines.
In recent years, the military has expanded programs to help soldiers quit. According to Reuters, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have recommended banning tobacco altogether at their facilities and hospitals. However, efforts have lagged other priorities. In addition, a military funding bill passed by Congress require its facilities to sell tobacco products.