Smokes for Troops


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During World War II, people in the north country were doing their part on the home front to boost the moral of the troops — mailing as much tobacco as they could to those serving overseas. Join us as we discuss why cigarettes were so important to service members during World War II and how that compares to today.


75 years ago Aug. 31, 1943: The “Smokes for Soldiers campaign, through which 500 cartons containing 10,000 cigarets have been sent to Jefferson county soldiers, is planning an extensive drive in an effort to collect enough monet to send cigarets to servicemen and women overseas in time for Christmas. Under the postal regulations regarding Christmas packages, six cartons of cigarets weighing the five—pound limit will be send to each solider. A total of $1,133.58 was collected for the first shipment of cigarets.

Image source: National Archives

Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his 30-cal. machine gun in his lap, while he and his buddy Pfc. Gerald P. Thursby, Sr. of Akron, Ohio, take time out for a cigarette, while mopping up the enemy on Peleliu Is. Cpl. H. H. Clements, Sept. 14, 1944.

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