Document on the Defense Department (DoD) Smoking Policy that suggests to defeat a full implementation of military-wide anti-smoking policies and an increase in cigarette prices in military commissaries and exchanges. Defines a strategy to successfully fight efforts to establish a smoke-free environment in the military: monitor the implementation of the anti-smoking policy, maintain close relationships with Armed Services, Appropriation Committee, and DoD members, identify those members that are most willing and able to present PM's views and lobby on its behalf, coordinate efforts with other industry players, initiate campaigns.
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Defense Department Smoking Policy
Objective: To inhibit full implementation of military-wide
anti-smoking measures and to preserve the current
DoD cigarette pricing policy.
Background: During the last year the Defense Department has
issued a directive and, subsequently, the Army, Air
Force, and Navy have issued regulations,
restricting smoking and cigarette promotion on
military bases. An attempt by several Senators to
ban the sale or raise the price of cigarettes in
commissaries, exchanges and ship stores was
unsuccessful. TI and Philip Morris joined forces
with other military-oriented organizations to lobby
for the defeat of this initiative.
Current Status: Full implementation of the anti-smoking policy will
not take effect until after January 1, 1987.
Meetings have been scheduled by the DoD Health
Affairs staff for early 1987 to develop strategies
to promote the concept of a smoke free military.
It is expected that we will see the military
embrace an enthusiastic campaign to stop servicemen
and women from smoking and/or to prevent enlistees
An attempt by several Senators to increase
cigarette prices in commissaries is likely.
Serious consideration will also be given to
privatizing the commissary system. This idea will
be strongly opposed by those groups representing
military personnel and suppliers; the same groups
that we allied ourselves with during the 99th
Congress to defeat smoking restrictions and price
Strategy: We will continue to keep an eye on the
implementation of the military anti-smoking policy
and to share with our allies any instances where
coersion has been used to achieve results or in
which the services have overstepped the bounds of
the DoD Directive.
We will continue to maintain our close
relationships with the members and staff of the
Armed Services and Appropriations Committees to
anticipate and prevent any legislation to increase
the price of cigarettes in commissaries.
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Defense Department Smoking Policy
Strategy (continued) :
We will continue to maintain our relationships
with, as well as to identify new contacts within
the Administration and the Defense Department who
have responsibility for the morale and welfare of
We will coordinate our efforts with PM USA, PM
International, Miller, TI and those groups who are
actively working to protect the current military
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Summary of DoD Action:
PM: - Established close working relationships with the members
and staff of the Armed Services and Appropriations
Committees in the House and Senate. Identified those
members most willing and able to present our views.
Provided those members/staff with neccessary support
documents to allow them to intelligently speak on our
Maintained contacts with officials within DoD [Military
Personnel and Force Management, Legislative Affairs,
General Counsel] and the While House.
Worked closely with those groups that were willing to lobby
on our behalf. (veterans groups, commissary suppliers - we
are members of many of these groups, non-commissioned
officers, other organizations which represent servicemen
and women, etc. ) i~
Worked closely with TI's outside counsel. ~
Provided TI with statistics and argumentation for the ~
development of position papers. (Information came from ~'
USA's and International's military sales forces) lND
Generally assisted TI in its lobbying effort by keeping 00
close contact with the Virginia delegation, the House and
Senate leadership and those members with whom we have stong
ties. [Senators Warner, Trible, McConnell, Helms, Ford,
Broyhill, Nunn, Cochran, Representatives Daniel, Chappell,
McDade, Aspin, Bliley, W. Jones, Sisisky...]
TI: - Hired outside counsel with strong DoD-related experience.
Prepared a paper on military smoking and health issues to
be used as a rebuttal for any report released by the DoD
Asst. Secy. for Health Affairs.
Initiated a Congressional letter writing campaign to
persuade Secy. Weinberger that smoking restrictions and/or
price increases were not an acceptable solution.
Prepared an analysis of the DoD Directive in comparison
with the provisions of the Army, Navy and AirForce regs.
Provided this analysis to key House and Senate committee
Worked with key Senate and House members to develop
strategy which resulted in Army modifying its anti-smoking
Worked with House Armed Services staff to draft language to
protect the rights of commissaries to sell cigarettes.
Coordinated effort to defeat Bingaman/Boren committee and
floor amendments to raise prices in commissaries.
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Commissary Issue -
DEATH OF COMMISSARY SYSTEM:
The budget might contain a change in the commissary
appropriations - may go to contract system or privatization.
($657 million FY86) In any case should we support those groups
which will lobby to keep the commissaries intact. (erosion of
benefits) We should assist them only if they are willing to
support us. If not, we may be better off with a totally private
system - consider international concerns.
How does this impact the freight subsidy - no indication that
budget contains any recommendations - in our favor is the fact
that commissary system depends upon transfer of personnel
throughout the service periodically.
commissaries - 5%
exchanges - markup MWR plus cost
within the operations and maintainence account - $'s appropriated
for sales overseas - distribution controlled by headquarters in