Airmail: Where to smoke?

  • Published
  • By Col. Robert E. Suminsby Jr.
  • 377th Air Base Wing Commander
Question: What are the current and future base smoking policies? Where is smoking not allowed, and is there a plan in the future to make it base wide?

Answer: Tobacco use policy is derived from Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use in the Air Force and Kirtland Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use on Kirtland AFB.

Although there is discussion at higher levels of command regarding instituting "tobacco-free bases" for the Air Force by the year 2010, there is no documentation enforcing that.

These are the latest policies from the Air Force and for here. The following are excerpts in regarding the policy:

Air Force Instruction 40-102
2.1. Tobacco Use. The Air Force discourages the use of all tobacco products; the ill effects of tobacco use are well documented.

2.2. Workplace. The Air Force prohibits smoking...and the use of smokeless...products in the workplace to protect the health of all workers.

2.2.1. The use of tobacco products is permitted only in designated tobacco use areas.

2.2.2. The Air Force recognizes equal work breaks...for tobacco users and nontobacco users...

2.2.5. The Air Force prohibits tobacco use in Air Force vehicles by all personnel, civilian or military.

Kirtland AFB Instruction 40-102
Designated Smoking Areas: Unit commanders will identify outdoor designated smoking areas for those buildings under their control...

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies please feel free to contact the health and wellness center at 853-0636