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Military Smoking Ban: A Soldier’s Perspective

posted at 3:26 pm on July 17, 2009 by

Concerning a possible ban on smoking in the military, so far we’ve heard from agenda-driven politicians and pencil-neck government statistician cubicle-jockeys for whom walking quickly by a couple of stuffed-shirts arguing over a parking spot outside The Willard is the closest they’ve ever come to a combat zone — so how about we hear from the people this will actually have an effect on?

My own wildly sarcastic opinion on a possible ban on smoking in the military is this: Heaven forbid the brave young men and women we send out to face enemy bombs and gunfire should do something unhealthy:

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For anyone in Afghanistan, eating eggs and mystery meat, smoking cigs, and sleeping in an unarmored CLU is for optimists. We did a good job of force protection, but now US forces are dispersed into many villages, open to attack. Hope Hawkdriver gets enough rest, and has no dust-offs.

NaCly dog on July 17, 2009 at 5:42 PM


They can drive a tank, or a ship, and we trust there judgement with the ultimate decision, whether to take a life or not…

But not with a beer if under 21, and soon not with a cigarette?

Wow… just… wow…

Romeo13 on July 17, 2009 at 6:33 PM

So what would happen with the expression “Smoke ’em if ya got ’em” if we take tobacco out of the military?

ericdijon on July 17, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Where is the update fr this story? There isn;t going o be a ban.

lexhamfox on July 18, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Romeo13 on July 17, 2009 at 6:33 PM

One big factor was pressure from local officials to get the tax revenue on tobacco products. Now DoD sell them tax-free in the Exchange. Remember- follow the money.
Politicians want funding like zombies want brains.

The health issue is a nanny state issue. We have a pretty fit military – today. VA has a big COPD, but again, its is not the real issue.

It is not a trust issue at all.

NaCly dog on July 18, 2009 at 11:18 PM