A Navy tradition will ended at midnight on Friday. By order of the Navy’s top admiral, smoking will no longer be allowed on submarines effective Jan 1st, 2011. The smoking lamp will be no more.
A study convinced Navy brass that nonsmokers were being subjected to too much secondhand smoke despite onboard air purification systems.
The change was announced in April — time for sailors in San Diego and at other submarine bases to take smoking-cessation classes or get nicotine gum or patches. The Navy estimates that 40% of its submariners are smokers.