How the Tobacco Industry Killed American Soldiers
The premise of my story is short and sweet.
During the Second World War cigarettes were
included in soldiers ration kits. This meant
that each time a soldier had the opportunity to
eat, he was also given the opportunity to smoke.
This act of smoking throughout the war actually
diminished the fighting power of our troops.
When called upon to exert themselves - to run
faster, march longer and fight harder - the
detrimental impact of the tobacco, namely
cigarettes, put a toll on the soldier's
When gunfire was directed at our troops, how
many of our soldiers were not fast enough to
dodge death because their respiratory systems
was not properly functioning due to tobacco? A
few less puffs on the cigarette and how many
soldiers may have had the physical energy to
jump over that obstacle, carry that heavy weapon
farther, or pull their buddy from harms way
How many times was a solider unable to perform
to his maximum because he had to stop along the
road to catch their breath? And how many
soldiers became easy targets for the enemy when
they saw the smoke from a cigarette rising from
a fox hole?
Today, the public now knows through a massive
education effort that tobacco is deadly.
However, the scientists who manipulated the
tobacco formulas to higher addictive levels and
the head executives of the companies have known
for years that the product that they sell is a
Yet, during World War 2 (and every earlier in
World War One) the tobacco companies
collaborated with the US government to bundle
their toxic product into the food ration kits
for our valiant solders to smoke and choke their
When America needed the most healthy and fit
fighting army on the planet to battle Axis
powers, the tobacco companies knowingly like a
traitorous sleeper cell terrorist pushed the
tobacco on to our troops and diminished their
fighting potential. They used the mantle of
patriotism to hide their secret agenda of making
a profit -- no matter what the cost.
After the war, the legacy of the tobacco
companies came back to haunt the veterans of the
war who became addicted to the product and
eventually succumbed to lung cancer.
In the end, the Tobacco Industry's treasonous
acts helped diminish the power and force of our
Armed Forces during the Second World War. They
continued to aid in the killing our troops
during the Korean War, the Vietnam War and now
even today they actively seek to weaken our
troops in Irag and Afghanistan by providing easy
access to cigarettes to our troops abroad.
And even those soldiers who choose not to smoke
are forced to live in close quarters where the
deadly passive second hand smoke of others
cripple their health.
How many more soldiers will have to die before
the government (allegedly on the side of the
veterans) will stop the shipment of tobacco
products to the front lines?
Tobacco is Treason. Be a Patriot and Don't
Traitor: One who betrays one's country, a cause,
or a trust.
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