Trapped Miners Finally Getting Cigarettes
And light, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2010 4:24 PM CDT
In this TV grab taken from a video released on Sept. 8, 2010, by Chile's Presidency, a trapped miner gestures to the camera at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chile's Presidency)
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(Newser) – The trapped Chilean miners have been asking for cigarettes for more than a week—and they’re finally about to get them. Rescuers will send down two packs a day for the 33 men to share, CNN reports. Until now, the miners had only been receiving nicotine patches and gum; upgrades to the mine’s ventilation improved air circulation, leading officials to allow the cigarettes.

The men can also install electric lights in their shelter, thanks to a new power line. Officials say the lights will help the men to get back on a normal sleeping schedule, and will also help their eyes adjust when they return outside and see daylight. The miners, trapped since Aug. 5, are expected to remain underground until at least November. For more on the miners, click here.