The Study says:
- One-third of the military uses tobacco, compared to one-fifth of Americans.
- Combat troops are 50 percent more likely to use tobacco than non-combat troops.
A soldier lighting up a Marlboro after a victorious firefight with insurgents has become a picturesque post-battle scene.
Ironically, smoking is a breath of fresh air for many soldiers.
Many soldiers say smoking gets them through the tough life that they live during wartime. Without that sweet inhale of smoke some say they would lose their minds and end of getting killed.
In actuality, smoking is more dangerous than being on the frontline.
Tobacco kills up to half of all users, according to the World Health Organization. Using it makes you more likely to be a victim of six of the world’s eight leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Nearly 8,000 U.S. troops have died in the Iraq War began in 2003 — that’s no where near half of the U.S. troops that have fought in the war.
Since WWII, when they began peddling cigarettes to soldiers, the military has been encouraging troops to use tobacco. The U.S. military is supposed to protect the United States but who is supposed to protect them?
It is the government’s responsibility to protect our troops, this includes Defense Secretary Robert Gates all the way up to President Barack Obama. The lethality of tobacco isn’t a recent discovery. For decades, it has been medically-known that tobacco usage is deadly.
Smoking-related deaths in America exceed 400,000 a year and costs the country more than $92 billion, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC also said smoking, on average, reduces adult life expectancy by approximately 14 years.
Let’s not forget smoking makes soldiers physically and mentally slower. Smoking kills brain cells and creates respiratory issues.
If we really want to support our troops let’s help them quit smoking!