The Washington Times - July 16, 2009, 07:33AM

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will not ban smoking among U.S. troops in war zones but is considering other recommendations for a tobacco-free military, CNN is reporting.

“We are fighting two wars right now, using a force that we are demanding more of than we ever have before,” a spokesman for Gates said. “They are under enormous stress and strain. The secretary does not want to compound that stress by taking away from them one of the few outlets they have to relieve that stress.”

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This means that U.S. troops in Afghanistan can smoke Camels without endangering the local livestock.

Sherman said, “War is hell.” But without a cigarette, it can be uncomfortable too.

The recommendations cite concerns for troop health. But if troop health were really important, they wouldn’t be in a war zone.