Smoking and vaping is to be banned at the UK’s only Army training centre for teenage recruits.
Hundreds of junior soldiers pass through the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate each year.
Its commanding officer Lt Col Richard Hall said it was “unacceptable” that “most recruits don’t smoke on arrival, yet most do by graduation”.
New recruits will be barred from smoking next week, with a complete ban on smoking and vaping on site by 2020.
In a statement, Lt Col Hall said the ban was in order to develop recruits’ health and fitness.
He added: “I hope that this will discourage smoking amongst new recruits and reverse the recent trend we’ve seen in recruits taking up the habit.”
Were the smoking recruits who fought (on both sides) in WW1 and WW2 unhealthy and unfit? I don’t think they were at all.
The popularity of cigarettes rose sharply in both wars, probably because wars are highly stressful, and smoking relieves stress. In fact, being in an army is probably pretty stressful as well, regardless of whether there’s a war on.
A hundred years on, the bullying bastards in Tobacco Control are now making incursions into the military, among whom tobacco was regarded as essential.
“You ask me what we need to win this war. I answer, tobacco as much as bullets.”
So cabled the commander of the American Expeditionary Force, Gen. John Pershing, to the War Department in 1917.
If what Pershing said in 1917 was true back then, then it’s still true today. And it will be found, in any major conflict, that soldiers need tobacco as much as bullets. To deprive soldiers of tobacco is to reduce their fighting abilities.
And that’s probably exactly what antipatriot, politically correct Tobacco Control wants to do. They’re not trying to improve military fitness: they’re trying to reduce military fitness.