Defense Sec'y Robert Gates is being prompted to ban tobacco sale and use in the military stateside and overseas, due to "rising tobacco use and higher costs" (FNC). However, a study shows that "troops worn out by repeated deployments often rely on cigarettes as a 'stress reliever' [and] . . . that tobacco use in the military rose after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began" (FNC).
Although I personally do not condone tobacco use, I find it a low blow to add more stress on our deployed military by implementing a smoking ban. Then again, smoking kills.