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October 27, 1993

Canadian Navy Dampens Smokers' Habit

JAMA. 1993;270(16):1932-1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510160050020

To the Editor.  —Navy Surgeon General Hagen and Captains Stanley W. Bryant and Charles W. Moore of the USS Theodore Roosevelt are to be commended for the implementation of the Roosevelt's smoking ban.1 However, the Canadian navy recently became the first navy worldwide to take comprehensive action on this serious public health issue.Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada recently conducted a survey of smoking policies among the world's naval forces. Telephone interviews were carried out with consular military attaches and information officers in Ottawa, Ontario, and Washington, DC. None of the countries surveyed had comprehensive tobacco-free policies comparable to that of the policy announced by the Canadian navy on June 24, 1993.The Canadian policy objective is to protect nonsmokers from the hazards of environmental tobacco smoke and to encourage smokers to quit smoking or at least reduce consumption. The policy will eliminate the exposure of all personnel to