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No cigarettes and alcohol for Chile miners

No cigarettes and alcohol for Chile miners
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As if being separated from their families wasn’t enough, the Chilean miners trapped underground have received a new setback.

Doctors say they must forgo alcohol and cigarettes as they wait to be saved.

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Warm meals and soft drinks are allowed to help them build up their strength.

This miner said he wanted to thank all those who had showed concern for their plight. He said it made them proud to be Chilean.

Drilling has started to dig the miners out in a rescue operation that is expected to take up to four months.

The men have been trapped since the fifth of August when the main access tunnel of the mine collapsed.

They are entombed in a space the size of a small flat some seven kilometres beneath the surface.