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SECNAVINST 5100.13E. NAVY & MARINE CORPS TOBACCO POLICY. DON’s Purpose for Instruction. To control and reduce tobacco use within the Department of the Navy (DON). DON’s Definition of Tobacco Products: Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes

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Secnavinst 5100 13e



Don s purpose for instruction
DON’s Purpose for Instruction

To control and reduce tobacco use within the Department of the Navy (DON).

DON’s Definition of Tobacco Products:

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes

Smokeless tobacco include spit, plug, leaf, snuff, dip & chew.

Key definitions

Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)


“Second Hand Smoke” or

“Passive” Smoke.”

Categorized as Class “A”

carcinogen by cause

respiratory illness & heart


By products of tobacco

Use (e.g. butts, ashes,

matches, product

wrappings, spit, spit cups.


Tobacco background

  • Cigarette smoking is the most important source of preventable morbidity and death worldwide.

  • Smoking-related deaths/health issues effect an estimated 438,000 American lives each year: includes premature babies due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of "secondhand" exposure to tobacco's carcinogens.

  • It causes DON nearly $1,000,000,000 in related health care and productivity loss cost a year.

Smoking in the military
Smoking in the Military

  • Tobacco use in DoD has dropped significantly in the last two decades, generally mirroring civilian rates.

  • THIRTYpercent of the active duty force still smokes.

  • DoD hopes to meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 goal of a 12 percent smoker rate.

Smoking effects
Smoking Effects

  • Heart Disease

  • Several Types of Cancers: Lung, larynx, esophagus, pharynx, mouth & bladder (to name a few).

  • Chronic Lung Disease.

  • Contributes to cancer in pancreas, kidney and cervix.

  • Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800

    chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.

Smoke effects we can closely relate to
Smoke Effects We can closely relate to

1. Diminishes motor & perceptual skills & causes poor endurance.

2. It adversely effects low-light and night vision, respiratory capacity & wound-healing rates.

3. Over time, will cause serious health conditions such as: cancer of mouth and gums, periodontis, tooth loss, resulting in the loss medical readiness, which will affect your chances to possibly stay in the service.

Stats on tobacco use
Stats on Tobacco-Use

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the US:

    • 90% of lung cancer deaths among men

    • 80% lung cancer deaths among women attributed to smoking.

  • People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked.

  • 23% of high school students and 8 percent of middle school students in this country are current cigarette smokers.

  • In the United States, approximately 38,000 deaths each year are caused by exposure to second hand smoke.

  • Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions. Even among smokers who have quit chronic lung disease accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions.

Left lung cancer middle emphysema right health lung
Left. Lung CancerMiddle: EmphysemaRight: Health Lung

Don s objectives policy
DON’S Objectives & Policy

  • Reduce tobacco use – by promoting quitting and establishing tobacco-free facilities.

  • Provide users with encouragement and professional assistance needed to quit.

  • Improve personnel health & maintain a high state of military readiness.

  • Ensure a safe, healthy & unpolluted working living & tobacco-free environment.

  • DON’s vision is to be tobacco-free.

Don s policy on tobacco use
DON’S Policy on Tobacco Use

  • Permitted in designated tobacco use areas ONLY– must be away from common points, air intake ducts & must be at least 50 feet from any building entrance.

  • Time spent for tobacco use shall occur based on staffing and per Federal law, personnel policy & union contracts.

  • Break periods for tobacco users will be the same for non-users.

  • Should a conflict arise between the rights of tobacco users & non-tobacco users, the right to a tobacco-free space shall prevail.

Don s policy living quarters ashore housing units

  • Designated areas may be permitted in BQ and lodging provided said units are served by common Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning system.

  • Tobacco use is prohibited in common spaces of individual living quarters.

  • Designated tobacco use may be permitted in multiple housing units provided that the tobacco use areas are separately ventilated and exhaust directly to the outdoors away from common points of facility entry/egress, and not in front of air intake ducts.

  • Non-tobacco using travelers can be issued a certificate of non-availability when non-tobacco designated rooms are not available.

Tobacco use onboard ships
Tobacco use onboard ships

  • Cos may designate one or more weather deck spaces as tobacco use areas.

  • If weather decks are unavailable, the CO may designate a normally unmanned space within the skin of the ship, provided that the space is designed to vent directly to the outside.

Tobacco onboard submarines
Tobacco onboard Submarines

  • Tobacco-use areas may be designated aboard submarines.

  • These spaces must be well ventilated and not in the vicinity of stationary watch stations.

  • Berthing spaces, messes, lounges and exercise areas shall not be designated as tobacco use areas.

  • The number of users authorized shall be limited by the clearance capacity of the ventilation system.

Don s policy on the sale of tobacco

  • Solicitation or acceptance of free tobacco products is prohibited while in an official capacity.

  • DON shall not allow the advertising of tobacco products.

  • DON components shall not participate with manufacturers or distributors of tobacco products in promotional activities, activities, or contests aimed at service members.

  • Tobacco shall not be sold to minors.

Tobacco cessation
Tobacco Cessation

  • The CNO and the CMC are responsible for implementing policy and program guidance.

  • Cos and Unit Commanders shall:

  • Ensure the use is not part of our culture and encourage tobacco-free lifestyle.

  • Provide tobacco cessation at the command level, shall include prevention as well as quitting.

  • Create, by personal example and command climate, a tobacco cessation program which supports abstinence and discourages use.

  • Tobacco Cessation programs shall be included at all command indoctrinations, general military training, in an ongoing effort to promote health and wellness program.