Chilean Miners Finally Get Their Smokes
September 12, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—The 33 trapped Chilean miners have finally been given cigarettes, to help relieve the underground boredom and satisfy their nicotine habits. Nicotine gum and patches just wasn’t cutting it. Along with their smokes, the miners, trapped in a collapsed gold and silver mine, since August 5, have been provided with electric lighting. Despite having multiple drilling plans in place, Chilean officials estimate the miners won’t be rescued from their underground cavern, until Christmas.
With the air ventilation vastly improved with a new air compressor, rescuers decided to comply with the miners’ incessant demands for some smokes.
Officials are also granting the miners’ longstanding request for cigarettes. Rescuers are sending down two packs a day to be split between the miners who want to smoke, Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich said.
Cigarettes were among the first requests made by some of the miners, but officials have been supplying them with nicotine patches and gum instead. Upgrades made to ventilation in the mine led officials to decide to allow them to smoke, Manalich said.
Three drilling operations are in place, Plan A, B and C, using powerful drills to dig a rescue tunnel and to expand and widen the existing borehole that’s being used as a lifeline to provide the miners with supplies, including smokes.