Smoke up, Johnny: USPS OKs mailing tobacco to troops


Spc. Cory Ballinger of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division smokes a cigarette July 2 during a battle with militants near the village of Joikahr, Afghanistan/Chris Hondros, Getty Images

Know a GI in Iraq or Afghanistan who’s hurting for a smoke? Beginning Aug. 27, the U.S. Postal Service will once again allow customers to mail cigarettes and other tobacco products abroad to soldiers, Marines and other service members.

The Associated Press reports that after a law kicked in June 29 that sought to keep minors from ordering cigarettes, the Postal Service originally only allowed care packages with tobacco to be mailed via Express Mail. The problem was, Express Mail can’t be sent to some overseas locations like Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving soldiers out of luck. But in two weeks, the Postal Service will allow tobacco care packages through Priority Mail, which can be sent to military bases in other countries.

And while we’re at it, here’s a tune to brighten your Friday. Enjoy Tex Williams’ “Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette).”


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  1. And there will be some goody two-shoes who complains about smoking while the troops are over there dodging bullets, IEDs and unfriendly Taliban. Good to see the USPS is doing the right thing for our troops.

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