Navy Bans Smoking in Submarines

Which may make rough sailing for the 35-40% of sailors who smoke
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2010 7:17 AM CDT
Navy Bans Smoking in Submarines
A sailor has a relaxing smoke in a submarine in this file photo from the 1950s.   (Getty Images)

If you’re dying for a smoke at 600 feet, the Navy has a message for you: Wear a patch. As of December 31, the US Navy won’t allow any smoking below decks on a submarine, a policy that probably won’t float with the 35-40% of submarine sailors who smoke. But the Navy’s doing this for the non-smokers, one officer tells CNN. “It is unfair for them to be exposed to the unhealthy side effects of second-hand smoke.” (More smoking stories.)

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