Uncle Sam wants YOU … unless you smoke.

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs had asked a panel for recommendations on reducing tobacco use in the U.S. military. The panel’s response: Ban smoking.

Raleigh’s News & Observer reports that the military could refuse to admit smokers into the Armed Forces, phasing out smoking within 20 years (which would also give time for our military men and women who smoke to retire from their posts).

From the N&O:

Tobacco-related health problems cut into combat readiness and cost the military $846 million annually in medical care and lost productivity, and cost the VA another $6 billion, the report said.

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