…en dat laten ze merken ook! De aanvoer van sigaretten en kauwtabak naar de fronttroepen stagneert, zegt (het normaal altijd tabaksonvriendelijke) Yahoo, en de soldaten beginnen te klagen.
IN CENTRAL IRAQ – There is a war on, and danger lurks ahead, and the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry are getting desperate — for tobacco.
It’s been two weeks since they left they relative luxury of their camp in Kuwait and their supplies of cigarettes and chewing tobacco are running out. They are rationing their precious supplies, and even begging smokes from local farmers.
An army, Napoleon reputedly said, marches on its stomach. But for generations, armies have also marched on nicotine. And these Marines — smoking more than usual under the stress of battle conditions — are getting antsy.
“It just crushes morale,” said Cpl. Jonathan Kibler, 22, of Lexington, Va.
With the few remaining shreds of tobacco nearly gone, the Marines here face the prospect of being involuntarily enrolled in what could be one of the most successful programs to end nicotine addiction in history. Tobacco helps relieve boredom, relax or stay awake for long nights, the troops say.
“It keeps your sanity,” said Lance Cpl. Brandon Phelps, 20, of Franklinton, La.
Hoezo, roken was nergens goed voor?