Get Task & Purpose in your inbox
The Army, Navy, and Air Force are banning all vaping products from the exchange
If you're a soldier, sailor or airman who enjoys taking way-too-long drags of your JUUL while on duty, then you may want to vape 'em while you've got 'em, because at the end of the month the Army, Air Force and Navy will be putting the kibosh on e-cigarette sales at base exchanges.
So far, only the Marines have yet to make a decision on whether or not they'll ban the sale of e-crayons, err, we mean e-cigarettes and vaping accessories on base.
As for whether or not the Corps will remain the military's lone purveyor of cotton candy vape juice: "No decision has been made yet," Bryan Driver, a spokesman for Marine Corps Community Services told Task & Purpose.
The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The decision for the other military branches to stop selling e-cigs at their base exchanges comes amid concerns about links between vaping and lung disease.
"Until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments to collect information on e-cigarette and vape products is complete, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is removing these products from its assortment, effective close of business Sept. 30," Chris Ward, a spokesman for AAFES, told Task & Purpose.
For the Army and Air Force Exchange Services, the temporary ban on e-cigs is unlikely to have that much of an affect on their bottom line.
"The category is a very small portion of the overall tobacco category accounting for about ½ of 1 percent of the total sales of all tobacco at exchanges last year," Ward told Task & Purpose. In 2018, e-cigarette products accounted for $1.8 million in sales at Air Force and Army exchanges, down from 11% the year prior.
In a Sept. 23 statement, the Army Public Health Center warned troops and their families to steer clear of vape products, saying that "hundreds of cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette products have been reported across multiple states. Numerous people have died from the illness."
The Navy for its part already removed vaping products from a majority of its locations earlier this month, and plans to put a stop to the sale of those dastardly smoke delivery systems at its remaining vendors.
"The [Navy Exchange] does not sell any vaping products, but some Navy Exchange locations have concession vendors who do sell these products," Courtney Williams, a spokeswoman for the Navy Exchange told Task & Purpose. "Therefore, on Sept. 12 [Navy Exchange Service Command] made the decision, due to recent federal proposals and out of an abundance of caution to prohibit all concessionaires or vendors from selling vaping products in all [Navy Exchange] locations by Oct. 1.
Which just leaves the few, the proud, the Marines still in the fight for troops' rights to purchase e-cigs on base, where they can also buy chewing tobacco, actual cigarettes, and booze, before, or ideally after a day out on the range tossing hand grenades or shredding targets with 5.56 and 7.62 mm rounds – you know, safe wholesome stuff with no adverse side affects.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile, a test that would have been prohibited under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The United States formally withdrew from the landmark 1987 INF pact with Russia in August after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.
The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
The Pentagon's top spokesman tried to downplay recent revelations by the Washington Post that U.S. government officials have consistently misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock first brought to light that several top officials acknowledged to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that the war was going badly despite their optimistic public statements. The report, based on extensive interviews and internal government data, also found that U.S. officials manipulated statistics to create the public perception that the U.S. military was making progress in Afghanistan.
An Army colonel's alleged abuse saddled his wife with ongoing medical needs. Escaping him could bring that care to a screeching halt.
Katherine Burton was sitting on her couch when she heard a scream.
Though she had not yet met her upstairs neighbors, Army. Col. Jerel Grimes and his wife Ellizabeth, Burton went to investigate almost immediately. "I knew it was a cry for help," she recalled of the August 1 incident.
Above her downstairs apartment in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerel and Ellizabeth had been arguing. They had been doing a lot of that lately. According to Ellizabeth, Jerel, a soldier with 26 years of service and two Afghanistan deployments under his belt, had become increasingly controlling in the months since the couple had married in April, forcing her to share computer passwords, receipts for purchases, and asking where she was at all times.
"I was starting to realize how controlling he was, and how manipulative he was," Ellizabeth said. "And he'd never been this way towards me in the 15 years that I've known him."