Welcome to Licentia Loquendi, founded January 2009. L2 is a team blog that focuses primarily on political, military and Constitutional issues with a Conservative Christian slant. We are two college students, a Navy corpsman, an Army sniper and a Vietnam era Army veteran.

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11 July 2009

Military Smoking Ban

Defense Sec'y Robert Gates is being prompted to ban tobacco sale and use in the military stateside and overseas, due to "rising tobacco use and higher costs" (FNC). However, a study shows that "troops worn out by repeated deployments often rely on cigarettes as a 'stress reliever' [and] . . . that tobacco use in the military rose after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began" (FNC).
Although I personally do not condone tobacco use, I find it a low blow to add more stress on our deployed military by implementing a smoking ban. Then again, smoking kills.

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