New command policy impacts e-cigarette users
November 27, 2013
Fort Leonard Wood has a new policy on electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes -- they're being treated just like conventional cigarettes.
Due to the nature, appearance and safety concerns of e-cigarettes, they are considered to be in the same category as tobacco, according to Garrison Command Policy 2013-05.
"There have been reported incidents on post where individuals were utilizing electronic cigarettes in inappropriate places, such as Burger King, as well as the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence headquarters building," said Patrick Teel, Army Substance Abuse Program manager.
The new policy goes on to direct that e-cigarettes may not be used in any public or government building on the installation or within 50 feet of the entrance to any such facility.
The policy applies to all military and civilian personnel, including appropriated and non-appropriated fund employees, as well as Family members, visitors, volunteers and contractors in Fort Leonard Wood facilities.
Violation of this policy by military personnel is punishable as an offense under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Violation by any other person, may subject the violator to adverse administrative action and/or prosecution.
The policy discredits e-cigarette advertisers claim the device is a healthier way of smoking.
"There is little evidence to support this claim. Both the addictive substance, nicotine, as well as the psychological action of smoking continue while using the e-cigs. It makes little sense that this would somehow reduce the addiction to these substances or activities," Teel said.