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Ellsworth Air Force Base to enforce new restrictions on tobacco

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There will be a change in the smoking policy at Ellsworth Air Force Base next month.

Ellsworth is reducing the number of designated tobacco areas from 58 to 34, while clarifying tobacco use restrictions in training areas, and prohibiting tobacco sales in Air Force establishments.

Keeping up with Air Force code and reducing second hand smoke are big reasons behind the change.

South Dakota native Lt. Col. Patrick Castle's father died of throat cancer as a result of tobacco use and thinks this is good news for South Dakota's culture.

"Those habits, which is exactly what those are, become part of your lifestyle. And I think what we're going to see, I know what we're going to see, we are seeing it. As people are removing it from their lifestyle, their lifestyle is better," said Lt. Col. Castle.

Estimates show that 30,000 airmen and enlisted officers will die from smoking related diseases.

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