The US Navy has finally decided to ban smoking on their submarines because the risks of second hand smoke are “severe”.
The US Navy is banning its crews from smoking aboard submarines, after a study found the risks of second-hand smoke were severe.
Submarine Forces Commander Vice-Admiral John Donnelly ordered the ban aboard 73 US subs, citing health concerns.
”Recent testing has proven that, despite our atmosphere purification technology, there are unacceptable levels of secondhand smoke in the atmosphere of a submerged submarine,” he said. (The Age)
Seriously? What year do they think it is? The dangers of second-hand smoke have been known for quite a long time, and surely the Navy would be far more interested in having their soldiers at peak physical fitness instead of craving nicotine or suffering the effects of second hand smoke.
The US appears to be a much different beast when it comes to smoking than Australia, which started banning workplace smoking in the mid 1980s. According to Wikipedia:
Although Congress has not attempted to enact a general nationwide federal smoking ban in workplaces, several federal regulations do concern indoor smoking. Effective April 1998, smoking is banned by the United States Department of Transportation on all commercial passenger flights in the United States, and/or by American air carriers. On August 9, 1997, President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 13058, banning smoking in all interior spaces owned, rented, or leased by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, as well as in any outdoor areas under executive branch control near air intake ducts.
Which I thought would have included spaces used by the Navy, which is part of the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government. Remind me not to take my smoke-free workplaces for granted or to travel in a submarine any time soon. I value my lungs, throat and mouth… and love not stinking of cigarette smoke after a night out on the town these days. I’m a happy non-smoker and user of smoke free places.