Tobacco-use AFI changes

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Free Living, was recently updated to give Airmen a simplified definition of what is defined as tobacco, as well as additional regulations for smoking in privately owned vehicles.

According to the AFI, tobacco includes all products that may be configured to deliver nicotine, including but not limited to: cigars, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, stem pipes, water pipes, hookahs, vaporizers, smokeless products that are chewed, dipped, sniffed, or “vaped”, and any other nicotine delivery system that the Food and Drug Administration defines as a tobacco product.

Master Sgt. Christopher Jachimiec, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron First Sgt., welcomes the change.

“There was a time period when things were kind of unclear on what was acceptable with emerging devices such as e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes and hookah pipes, so this helps clear the misinformation of what is and isn’t acceptable,” Jachimiec said.

Another rule that changed with the new update is smoking in a POV while driving on base is now prohibited when a child less than 14 years old is in the vehicle.

If Airmen don’t understand the new changes, Jachimiec encourages them to ask questions and get clarification.

“If all else fails, go to the (AFI) and see what it (reads),” he said.

For those who are thinking about quitting tobacco use, the Health and Wellness Center offers classes and guidance such as the Tobacco Cessation class, which is held every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Warrior Fitness Center.

“The class encompasses stress management, nutrition, and relapse prevention,” said Laura Weart, 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotion manager. “If they are not a class person or (can’t attend) because of duty (constraints), we also have the telephone quit line people can call.”

For more information on the updated AFI, visit www.e-publishing.af.mil and type in AFI40-102 in the search box to download the document.