Pentagon won't ban war zone smoking, despite study

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says it won't ban smoking by
troops in war zones despite a recent study recommending a
tobacco-free military.

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell says troops already are
under enough stress and making enough sacrifices from fighting the
two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says Defense Secretary Robert
Gates will look at the study to see what other things can be done
to move toward a goal of a tobacco-free force.

Spc. Charles Rodriguez said in an interview outside Fort
Campbell, Ky., that during his last deployment to Iraq, he found a
lot of time to smoke while troops were patrolling or just hanging
around the base. And he says cigarettes are cheap in Iraq as well.

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