Originally posted by The Sword
I'm talking about the fact that smoking is such a disgusting habit that it literally cuts into productivity whenever a smoker is out the door to take
I'm not sure where you live, but in the US workers are legally entitled to two breaks, and one lunch per 8 hour work day. I personally never been
lucky enough to have such high status at a job where I can just walk out and smoke whenever I want to. I have a smoke at breaks and lunch. How exactly
is this cutting into productivity when such time would already be spent not working? Every co-worker I've ever had always took their legally entitled
breaks, even non-smokers.
If you are lucky enough to have a job where you can just go outside and screw around whenever you want, you are also probably stopping work to take a
personal phone call, or do any number of other things that is cutting into your work time. So why are you picking on smokers specifically here?
Originally posted by autowrench
My years of smoking provided me with some gifts.
Diminished lung capacity
Keep smoking, you will get these gifts also.
Except for the millions of people that smoked their whole life and never got Emphysema? I have many people in my family who lived long, healthy lives
while also being life long smokers. Out of probably 20 grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, etc who are either currently dead or in their
70s-80s, not a single one has any heart issues, lung issues, etc. All but a few were lifelong smokers.
Am I saying that smoking never causes health issues? Absolutely not. But I will say that I think the health effects that have been associated with
smoking have been blown out of proportion. They make it seem as if you smoke you WILL die of a heart attack, you WILL die of lung issues. When in
fact, that just isn't true. The myriad of elderly folks I see around sucking down a cigarette, and people I know personally proves that.
Another thing, when people talk about the "cost to society" do you have any idea how much tax revenue smokers generate for the government? A LOT.
Fine, everyone quits smoking, and then there is a whole lot less money to go around. And people STILL die from lung cancer, or heart attacks, on and
And to those demanding clean air. OK. I'll stop smoking. But I DEMAND that you stop driving a car EVER. I demand you NEVER take the bus. NEVER ride in
a cab. Never use your gas weed whacker or lawn mower. NEVER use any product made from oil, or that was brought to you by oil (hint, that's almost
every last single product you ever own, use, or touch in your entire life)
So spare me, my smoking is inconsequential compared to the multitude of other air contaminants being pumped into the air.
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James1982 because: (no reason given)