U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has issued new policy guidelines aimed at curbing tobacco use within America’s military that include raising the prices of tobacco on military bases to match local market prices.
The policy, which also includes widening smoke-free zones in areas frequented by children, was detailed in an April 8 memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the U.S. military would raise the price to take into account taxes charged in local communities, which are not charged on-base.
Officials within the U.S. military were now meeting to discuss ways to implement the policy guidelines describe by Carter in his memo, the defense official told Reuters.
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