As if being faced with the prospect of being trapped underground for several months isn’t harrowing enough, the Chilean miners will also be forced to quit smoking and drinking cold turkey while they wait to be rescued. The miners delivered a wish list of items, including wine and cigarettes, to their rescuers, but have now been informed that they will be receiving neither. Instead, the medical experts are sending down “high protein, high-calorie foods delivered to them in narrow plastic tubes,” as well as patches and nicotine gum. Rough. [Telegraph UK]
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