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Smoking increasing among troops in Iraq

soldier_smokingSmoking is increasing among the troops in Iraq.

In 2002, before the war, a survey of U.S. troops showed smoking on the rise after more than two decades of steady decline. It revealed that 34 percent smoked, up from the 30 percent in 1998.

By comparison, only about a quarter of the U.S. civilian population smokes. Residents of health-conscious California boast an even lower rate – 16 percent.

"It's bad enough that our troops are targeted by terrorist bullets. It's a tragedy that so many of them will die because they were targeted by Big Tobacco," said Debra Kelley, vice president of government relations for the local Lung Association.

430,000 Americans die every year from tobacco, year after year after year after year after year after year.

Another 100,000 Americans die every year from alcohol and 17,000 Americans die every hear from alcohol related traffic crashes.

By comparison, about 2,700 Americans were killed in the World Trade Tower attack on 9/11, one year.

Most Americans don't have to worry about terrorists killing them. They should worry about the tobacco companies killing them and poisoning their children.

Americans are so brained washed by their politicians who keep telling them that they are fighting bogeymen in their name to keep them safe that they don't even realize that they are much more likely to be killed by tobacco companies, the breweries, the distilleries, and drunk drivers.

Can you imagine how many lives would be saved if the US government spent 100 billion dollars to prevent and treat substance abuse instead of fighting a bogus war in Iraq?

It is interesting to see that American troops are increasingly poisoning themselves, only it is not by weapons of mass destruction because there weren't any, but by cigarettes sold legally on the open market.

America needs to develop new values and become more aware of the dynamics that shape our national life. Polticians pandering to public fears to garner votes is not in the nation's long term best interests. Facing up to the real threats perpetrated, in many instances, by mercenary corporate interests is in the nation's best interests. Unfortunately, our politicians are bought and paid for by corporate interests to do their bidding, and with two convicted DWI offenders leading our nation, and plenty of tobacco money fueling campaign war chests what can really be appropriately expected? Isn't America a great nation?


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