Are they for whatever reason pretending this is new information? It's not like the soldiers that smoke don't know this. Nicotine relieves stress, soldiers are under the highest amounts of stress, don't you think this ban would have happened years ago if it was up for real consideration?
As someone who leaves for boot camp in a month, I gotta say that this really pisses me off. I'm not a cigarette smoker, but the reality of it is something far worse than just a ban on smoking.
It would never work, and would be completely ignored. I would say that over 50% of the military smokes, there's no way they're going to be able to force that many people to just stop suddenly. People will continue smoking, it will be completely ignored, to pretend anything different will happen is ignorant. This rule will only have an effect 40-50 years down the road when the Soldier gets lung cancer and applies for veterans benefits. "Smoked in the service? Sorry, violation of regs, we can't give you any aid". It's total bullshit if it ever happens, which I highly doubt anyway.
Soldiers who smoke are still healthier than 90% of civilians who don't smoke
Agree on all counts. I thought the whole thing was absurd and didn't see how they'd enforce the rule.