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Send healthy items to troops, not tobacco products that create addictions

I am glad to finally see support for the troops in the Summit Daily News (“Locals pack up packages for troops,” March 24).

I think we should all donate some items we take for granted while living stateside. I do have an objection with sending the troops tobacco products as were listed under the “Goods” section of the “To Adopt A-Troop” information box on the same page.

While Summit residents debate the smoking issue for restaurants and bars in the county, should we send these much-debated and unhealthy items to the people fighting for our freedom?

We should strive to gain and protect every possible advantage over the enemies we are fighting in our homeland and our troops are fighting overseas.

Cigarettes negatively affect our troops’ lungs. Chew and dip can only create and worsen addictions that will affect the troops’ psychological and physical state.

If we really want to help, then we can send healthier products to the troops. The fine ladies sponsoring this project can expect to see me soon donating items that the troops can really use.

I encourage anyone else who can donate items to do so, but please do not send tobacco products.

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