ACC Pushes for Elimination of Tobacco Price Discounting for Military

The ACC has signed onto a letter of support for a provision in an appropriations bill that eliminates price discounting for tobacco products sold in military commissaries and exchanges. The provision garnered bipartisan support from Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) who spoke in favor of the amendment during a Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting last week. Numerous economic studies have indicated that price has a significant impact on the number of people who start using tobacco products. In line with ACC policy on tobacco use, this is a small, but necessary step that should be taken to reduce tobacco use in the military – which is higher than the civilian population. The ACC endorsed the provision through its partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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