Military Tobacco: The story behind our investigation

A few years ago I found myself standing inside a Coast Guard Exchange in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, waiting for a friend to buy a bottle of rum. Exchange is the name for the base stores (think Target but with Uniforms) that sell goods to service members and their families. Everything from computers to boots. And because products there, are sold tax-free, and mostly at a discount, the stores are considered a perk, and a privilege. The right to shop there is something to be used, but not abused. Alcohol at the exchange was cheap. And so my friend’s mother had asked her to pick up a bottle for an upcoming party. Why not?