Ex-military policeman Harley would have had something to say about this. Hat-tip Smoking Lamp on this news from Israel:
IDF declares war on smoking
New plan aims to wipe out smoking among IDF troops.
The IDF is attempting to wipe out smoking among troops and has decided to implement recommendations put forward by the Medical Corps. The move comes as a response to recent studies showing that 4 out of 10 IDF soldiers start smoking by the time they finish their mandatory service.
According to the new plan, the IDF will ban selling cigarettes at 56 bases from where soldiers return home every night and is also considering extending the ban to bases where soldiers sleep for extended periods of time.
The IDF will also significantly limit the designated smoking areas on bases and will enforce a strict disciplinary policy for those caught smoking anywhere else. Soldiers smoking in non-designated areas can expect harsh consequences, such as restricting leave.
Part of the IDF’s new anti-smoking guidelines approved by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eiznekot forbids tobacco companies from sponsoring IDF units and will prohibit cigarette donations to soldiers through the army’s donation program.
In addition, commanders will be forbidden from smoking near their subordinates. The IDF also intends to prohibit smoking in field vehicles which are used for training and operations and will extend the ban to army-issued personal cars.
In addition to the new slate of prohibitions, the IDF will beef up programs to prevent smoking. Every soldier, both in mandatory service and in the career army, will be assigned to an anti-smoking program and those who smoke will be assisted in attempts to overcome the habit and offered support groups.
The Israeli Defense Force may as well have declared war on itself.
The effect of smoking bans in civil society is to create division between smokers and antismokers. I’ve been experiencing this for the past 10 years. And so have many of my readers. And in my experience, it’s shattering.
The effect in any military organisation will be exactly the same. It will set people against each other. It will set commanders against subordinates. It will set everybody against everybody else.
In civilian life this is bad enough. But within the armed forces it is far worse, and far more dangerous. Because it will shatter morale. It is said that a house divided will not stand, but army divided will most likely demolish itself with high explosive.
I don’t live in Israel, but I now fear for its continued existence, given the antismoking measures about to be introduced in its armed forces, which will likely have much the same effect on its operational capabilities as the introduction of a battalion of enemy soldiers (Hezbollah? Hamas?) into its ranks.
The same would apply in the British armed forces, and US armed forces, or any armed forces anywhere. And if it’s happening with the IDF, it’s probably happening everywhere else too.
I can’t think of a better way to bring a nation low, than to shatter the morale of its armed forces, and set them against each other.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the intention of those who are introducing these antismoking measures. They are the enemy within. Introducing transgender soldiers is probably just as effective – although Donald Trump has just banned that.
From another report:
She said the military identified smoking as a problem following a number of studies showing the high rates of tobacco use during military service…
For the army, Kirshner said, it isn’t just a societal health problem, but one with tangible, negative effects on the military’s operational capabilities.
“It harms [soldiers’] fitness and their ability to carry out their positions,” she said.
The IDF is soon going to discover the tangible, negative effects of draconian smoking bans on its operational capabilities. It’s going to be shattering.
But in war these things are found out much more quickly than in civilian life. Military commanders quickly find out what tactics work, and what don’t, and what weapons are effective, and what aren’t. A smoking ban introduced into a military unit is no different from the introduction of a new weapon, or a new formation, or a new uniform. It’ll either work well, or it’ll work badly. And these things will be found out very rapidly.
And in the IDF it will be the junior ranks who will first experience the divisions created by smoking bans, and the loss of morale. And it will be their junior commanders who will first notice this, as their subordinates complain to them. And the complaints will slowly filter back up the command chain to the idiots at the top – idiots like Brig. Gen. Meirav Kirshner, and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eiznekot.
It may be that the global war on smoking will take a decisive turn when it is extended to the world’s military organisations, and it is discovered within those organisations what the true corrosive effects of smoking bans really are, as against the imaginary health benefits of them promoted by Tobacco Control.