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100 Years Ago: Red Cross on Importance of Tobacco

The Intelligencer July 5, 1915 (page 7)

“Intelligencer Tobacco Fund. The Importance of Tobacco. The following notes are issued by the Canadian Red Cross Society: While the public is generously answering the appeal for tobacco for the Canadian soldiers at the front, a very large amount is still needed and will be needed continually as the war progresses. …

There can be no doubt of the importance of tobacco in the present crisis. Even those who oppose its use as a matter of principle will admit this. Tobacco has played its part in every war, from Waterloo to the Balkans. It is playing a tremendous part in this, the greatest war in history. Tobacco is a solace and has won and lost battles. It is stated that smokers are far more immune than non-smokers to ‘Occipital Cramps’ and other neurasthenic ailments caused by the terrible ordeal of shell fire. …

Nothing is better than tobacco to relieve the necessary odium of convalescence, when the soldier, too weak as yet for any active physical employment finds the time hang heavy on his hands. Further, no greater act of charity could be performed than the sending of tobacco to prisoners whose life at the best can scarcely be considered one of pleasure.

In short those who know anything about men under nervous tension, know that tobacco is even more of a necessity than food. It is to be hoped that the public will think generously of this matter.”