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Cigar Donation

Submitted by Rob on October 23, 2008 – 11:34 amNo Comment

Online cigar retailer Cigars International will ship approximately 18,000 cigars to our courageous troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Company spokeswoman Debi Lehr estimates the total cost will be $65,000. This estimate does not include the overseas shipping charges on about 5,000 boxes (30 cigars per box average).

Keith Meier, president of Cigars International, said:

If you enjoy cigars now and then and you’ve been overseas and under duress, it’s nice to have a little treat like this.

Not everyone agrees with actions of Cigar International. Deborah Brown from the American Lung Association was quick to look down upon the troops gifts:

We send these products over to our soldiers who are fighting to defend our country and they come back addicted to their product. They’re providing them with an unhealthy choice, whether it’s donated or whether they have to pay for it.

What do the soldiers have to say about this?

Perhaps somethings can be left unsaid – I once read that a picture was worth a thousand words (352,000 words). Statement to the American Lung Association:

Ms. Deborah Brown please remember that our troops are putting their life on the line for one thing: Freedom.

Smoking may not be considered healthy to all, but let us celebrate. Celebrate because the soldiers (and you, and me, and everyone else in our great country) actually have the choice, the freedom, to smoke the cigar (or not smoke).

A cigar they might enjoy after dodging bullets, facing dangers, and missing anything and everything that would remind them of home.

I will, like you should have, thank anyone who puts effort into making their time a little bit better and/or supports to our troops (Keep in mind I have not said you couldn’t voice concern).

Thank you Cigars International and everyone else who has made private donations across our blogs, web boards, local shops, and everywhere else.

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