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Death at a discount: how the tobacco industry thwarted tobacco control policies in US military commissaries
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    Israel Defense Force Faces Similar Problem

    Dear Sirs,

    The USA Amed Forces are not alone in subsidising tobacco for their members. Here in Israel, the independent company (Shekel) which runs the canteens on Israeli Military bases also sells tobacco at prices significantly below those of civillian establishments.

    In terms of profit generation, tobacco is in fact the single most important item sold by the canteens. This fact along with the fact t...

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    Shame on the Military for Promoting Tobacco Use

    The longstanding tradition of the U.S. military and tobacco industry leaders 'smoking in the good ol' boys room' is well documented by the Smith, Blackmon, Malone "Death at a Discount" research paper!

    It is time that the military and other federal politicos become concerned about the health of our military, and drop the montra of tobacco use being a 'right'. Obviously, the lobby of the tobacco industry even infi...

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    Time For Increase

    This death-at-a-discount study has excellent timing; it may be that the 110th Congress will approve an increase in commissary tobacco prices! I suggest the pricing of tobacco products available to our soldiers be added to the criteria for grading the federal government on tobacco control [1].

    [1] American Lung Association. State of Tobacco Control: 2006. [cited 2/13/07]; Available from:

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