Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
Citing secondhand-smoke dangers for nonsmoking crew members, the U.S. Navy will impose a smoking ban on its submarine fleet at the end of the year, the New York Times reported June 20.
“Recent testing has proven that, despite our atmosphere-purification technology, there are unacceptable levels of secondhand smoke in the atmosphere of a submerged submarine,” said Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly, commander of U.S. submarine forces.
Each hunter-killer and nuclear ballistic-missile boat will appoint a smoking-cessation coordinator to help wean sailors off tobacco, with nicotine gum, patches, and other alternatives provided to ease the transition.
Approximately 5,000 of the Navy's 13,000 submariners smoke.