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Arthur Rizer is an Iraq war veteran and senior fellow at the R Street Institute. He says the military should instead use health care incentives or phase-out the use of tobacco.
“We’ve done it by not allowing it during basic training, which I think is a wonderful idea,” he says. “It’s a limited amount of time. You’re supposed to be doing other things. A lot of people graduate basic training and don’t go back to smoking at all.”
Rizer fears the new policy will lead to a black market of tobacco on military bases. “You’re going to put soldiers in a position where that is exactly what’s going to happen.”