Britain’s sailors will be banned from smoking on board Royal Navy vessels from the start of 2021, reports The Daily Mail. All types of tobacco products will be banned from January, including on ships and submarines.
According to Forces.net, the plan is to “minimize the negative impact of smoking on operational capability.”
The smoking ban will also apply to military sites and could even apply to visitors, civil servants and contractors.
In 1988 the Royal Navy ended its 200-year policy of supplying shore-based staff with cheap cigarettes. Sailors previously received 600 cigarettes a month as well as a daily rum ration.