Published By: 1WorldOnline
Congressmen, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D -RI), want to ban smoking in the military. They say it is dangerous to our soldiers’ health. They also say that military personnel smoke 10-percent more than the rest of the population, and want the sales of all tobacco products to be banned in the military.
How considerate of them. Send an 18-year-old off to war to get maimed and killed but let’s make sure their lungs stay clean.
This proposal is the most illogical and insane bill that will ever be presented to Congress, and stinks of anti-smoking, lobbyists trying to push their obsessed, activism onto the brave men and women who fight and die for our country.
Do they think that by preventing a soldier in the field of combat from smoking, that it will prolong his or her life? Thank god that soldier stopped smoking, now hurry up and send him into a minefield.
It is ironic, that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is supporting this proposal. Hagel, of all people, should know the stress that every soldier goes through in the military. So why take away the one legal, right that gives them a small amount of momentary relief?
Everyone knows that smoking is used as a stress-reliever. Why would you want to steal that from a soldier who could be killed at any moment?
And then there are withdrawals from tobacco. If smoking was suddenly banned in the military we would have tens of thousands of soldiers walking around on eggshells. Finding a leaf to smoke off a tree would be their number one combat mission for the day.
Smoking is legal – plain and simple. If you take that one liberty away from the fighting soldier you will give him reason to doubt what liberties he is fighting for. You can also kiss half your voluntary army goodbye. Enlistments would take a nosedive and there would be a higher percentage of enlisted men leaving the military.
Some politicians are never happy unless they are making other people miserable. They don’t think before they speak and they don’t imagine what it must be like to walk in someone else’s shoes – or should I say combat boots.
The theater or war is not the proper place to promote long-term, health issues. Soldiers live a day-to-day reprieve from death, and one which will not increase from the banning of tobacco products.
The anti-smoking community needs to stay away from our military and mind their own business. They aren’t the ones fighting this country’s battles and dying for them.
Leave our soldiers alone and pray that they live to see another day.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1WorldOnline – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.