stupid math about nicotine  

catastrophegirl 41F
975 posts
7/4/2006 6:57 pm

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7/19/2006 11:38 am

stupid math about nicotine


as of july 1st my workplace is non smoking for employees.
in the past couple of days i have come to realize what bad math that is.
one of my cigarettes, after tax, costs about 25 cents.
normally i would have 2 cigarettes with my lunch. this would be 50 cents.
now, instead, i am replacing nicotine with caffiene and sugar. specifically, coca cola. at least 2 of them. they cost at least 38 cents in the grocery store (76 cents for 2) or 65 cents from the gift shop or vending machine at work ($1.30 for 2)
this of course has the potential side effect of increasing my dental care costs. and since i have dental care through the hotel... it will eventually raise their insurance expenses. and it's not actually going to affect whether i smoke away from work or not so it won't decrease any medical expenses that might potentially be incurred by my in the future from smoking my way to a lung disease.
if i decide to smoke anyway i have to get in my car, leave the hotel and go somewhere else. since i generally take my lunch break after 5 i have many empty parking lot options. generally about a mile round trip. at current gas prices and my car's mileage, that is only about 11 cents worth of gasoline... but only the EPA could begin to calculate the damage to the the local environment caused by the hundred or so employees here who smoke. not to mention that it doesn't decrease the number of carcinogens in the air around the hotel at all, or the smell of smoke, since the guests may still come outside to smoke. and of course the employees of various area businesses who COME TO OUR PARKING LOT on their lunch breaks to smoke because they are not permitted to smoke on the property of their workplaces.....
so let's waste some gas, up our caffiene intake, rot our teeth and pollute the environment with carbon monoxide.... because some number cruncher somewhere decided to start offering employers reduced insurance rates if they banned workplace smoking and offered smoking cessation programs.
here's what's real to me: i like smoking. it's a constant. jobs change. i am good at my job and hard to replace. someone, somewhere, is going to be willing to look at my resume and overlook my toxic habit for the benefit of having me work for them.
i'm not quitting now. i kind of enjoy my job right now. but it is another straw for the camel to bear

gypsy1629 42F

7/4/2006 7:37 pm

I heard that one of the big TV networks researcher/investigative reporters found that the second hand smoke effect is not damaging to others......apparrently this was recent and it gave me hope.....i like to be able to smoke wherever I am

gypsy


rm_keystonenc 43M
144 posts
7/5/2006 4:22 pm

I have not seen nor heard of the story, but my guess would be that they are basing it on the idea that occasional exposure to second hand smoke (i. e. walking or standing next to someone who is smoking) is no more carcinogenic then the air we breath on a day-to-day basis. But, I have a hard time believing that consistent exposure to second hand smoke (i. e. hanging out in smokey bars all the time or living with someone who smokes) does not have negative effect on your long term health.


gypsy1629 42F

7/19/2006 5:35 am

Apparently it was on the View when John Stossel (spelling may be wrong)was interviewed by those ladies.....he also has a book out, which is where his research info is....sorry it took me so long to get back to you but I have been on a sort of sabatical......hope this helps you out some......

gypsy


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