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I'm Asking: Do You Know Which Co-Workers Smoke?

I'm Asking: Do You Know Which Co-Workers Smoke?

Seventy percent of you think smoking isn't a work-related issue and that employees' private habits shouldn't be the business of their employers. The discussion about company policies trying to intervene in the smoking habits of workers is a far cry from the smoke-filled office on Mad Men. Cigarettes are permanent fixtures in the hands of employees on the show: They smoke in personal offices, during hallway conversations, and in meetings no matter how long or short.

Today's workplaces aren't exactly welcoming of smoking, particularly during work hours. The stigma around smoking has made it a habit employees keep to themselves, but there's no denying the scent of a recent cigarette. Do you know which co-workers smoke?

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weffie weffie 7 years
I don't get begrudging the smokers their extra breaks... I've worked with quite a few non-smokers who will take "smoke" breaks just to sit outside and breathe fresh air for five minutes so they feel they're getting a fair deal. It's always seemed kinda pointless to me, but if you're that petty you always have the option.
geebers geebers 9 years
I work in tobacco cessation so it would be really scandalous if one of us smoked! :D
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I work in a hotel so a ton of people smoke and even people who arent every day smokers sometimes smoke as well.
ScrabCak ScrabCak 9 years
In my office the people who smoke are kind of in a little club. At periodic times during the day, one of them will stand up and shout to the others to go take a smoke break downstairs. It's a little disruptive when they yell, but somehow none of them smell bad or anything like that... so they don't bother me (nor do I think less of them.)
chrischick chrischick 9 years
My boss chain-smokes inside all day in his office. It's awful, I've thought about going to OSHA about it, but it would be fairly obvious that it was me since I'm the only one who has said anything about it, everyone else works in a different building or smokes (not inside though) and doesn't experience what I do. :(
Xandara Xandara 9 years
I know who smokes, because I smoke and we're like, the outcasts that get told off by everyone for smoking. Now we're all trying to quit and it's going well, but it's only sad because we don't get to all go on smoke breaks and chat anymore :( but that's really the only good thing about a smoke break.
Chase24 Chase24 9 years
There is only one girl, and everytime she comes back REEKING of it. It gives me a headache. my biggest problem with her is she leaves 4-5 times a day,for a good amount of time. My problem with it is that because I don't smoke I dont get the added little "Breaks" which I think is rather unfair
356UIK 356UIK 9 years
Yea cos I can see them outside my window doin it!
darkangeldaria darkangeldaria 9 years
I know who smokes in my building because I was a smoker (11 days smoke free!) It really depends on the person, I've never heard anyone make a fuss about it or chastise anyone. Mostly I'm always hearing congratulations towards the people trying to quit. The majority of people in my building are very respectful about it and don't abuse the 'I have to go outside and smoke' bit. There are a few people that seems to always be outside on a break and others you see go out maybe once a day, if that. We are permitted two fifteen minute breaks each day. Smokers tend to split that into two smoke breaks in the morning, two in the afternoon. Now that I'm not smoking I just get up and walk a lap or two around our floor, get water or go walk outside...it seems to be working well....
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i do have a good sense of who smokes in my office and who doesn't. in my last job, everyone would go outside to smoke, and if the CEO or president saw you smoking, you got chastised and embarrassed. in my current agency - it's one of those things that no one really cares about i guess. sometimes though i feel like it's a bit unfair cause smokers take 5 minute breaks all the time to go smoke, and because i don't have an awful habit, i don't get the breaks...
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
Just me. But I NEVER smoke at work and I'm seriously thinking of giving quitting a try....again. :( I almost wish that cigs were as expensive here as they apparently are in Canada. Holy crap! $11-12??! That would probably force me to quit.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
Quite a few of the people I work with at the restaurant smoke.. and I think it's easier to count the non-smokers of our staff (I'm in that group!) so yes, everyone knows who smokes. In the lab, I only know of one guy, and it surprises me that he does. I mean, if you're in pursuit of a PhD, you're probably smart enough to understand how bad smoking is. Mostly I don't know how anyone affords it here. In Canada, cigarettes are like $11 or $12 a pack. And smoking is not allowed any public place, including restaurants and bars. Not to mention we also do the whole blackened lungs and dying babies pictures on the packages that state very clearly, "YOU WILL GET CANCER". Nevertheless, the smoking population persists. It's baffling.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
No one at my workplace smokes (which I am very thankful for because I'm asthmatic and I hate the smell of smoke).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Yep cause they Reek.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Well I know who smokes...I dont smoke (yuk!). You cant find the person everytime your looking for them because they're on a "smoke-break" or you can just smell it.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yes I do.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Yes, i do.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
How do people *not* know who smokes? They smell like smoke, which is the dead giveaway to me. And if they don't, you must notice that they go for breaks way more frequently than the people who don't.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
Out of the 15 people I work with, only 1 smokes. He probably leaves the office 3-4 times a day to smoke. Though I am not a fan of smoking, he's respectful about it.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'm the only one.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
theres just me who smokes at work, but i process the expense accounts and two of the other blokes smoke but outside work. but its totally accepted and not a problem where i work.
zabrow zabrow 9 years
yes, our company has all smoke free campuses, so it's really easy to tell who's gone outside past the parking lots to smoke on their breaks & lunches. it also makes it wayyy easier to smell smokers when they come in the building, since not that many people smoke here.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
yupp...there's only 2. and then me...but I refuse to smoke @ work.
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