I Wish Non Smokers Could Take Random Breaks Every 30 Min Too

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    It's Only Fair!

    Why can't non-smokers take random breaks to indulge in other bad habits of their choice? I'd love nothing more than a nail-biting break, or a nose-picking break every now and then...
    paperalias paperalias
    22-25, F
    Feb 26, 2010

    As A Former Smoker...

    I feel that I have the right to vent a little here. lol I used to work in an office building, where, seriously EVERY 20-30 MINUTES, one or more of my coworkers just HAD to step outside for a smoke. Usually they would smoke one and then come right back, but there were also...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    Mar 17, 2010

    I Smoke

    I smoke and I agree it is nice to take breaks throughout the day and to have a cigarette as an excuse. Not as nice as it would be to be able to quit though, I would gladly give up the smoke breaks to be able to easily quit smoking. I agree non-smokers should get breaks too, and...
    koldsteil koldsteil
    26-30, M
    Dec 27, 2010


    This is such a pet peeve of mine! Its totally unfair, but what can mangement do about it? ONLY HIRE THOSE WHO DON'T SMOKE!!! PLease for the love of God & everything that is Holy!!!
    bOObsMaGee bOObsMaGee
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 20, 2009

    I Started Smoking to Take Breaks

    The only good excuse to be excused from an employer or manager to go outside is to say 'i need a cigarette", and they always say 'okay'. Ive asked a couple of employers if I could go  outside for 5 minutes, and they always say no, unless you are going to go smoke. I...
    exslut exslut
    22-25, F
    8 Responses May 4, 2008

    "fresh Air Breaks"

    When i worked at McDonalds (so lol when i was like 15 thru till about 20ish) i used to say i was going on a fresh air break, i was rarely allowed, so i would say i was going on a ciggie break and just stand outside...muahahah i find it highly unfair that smokers get to half...
    ElectroGirlie ElectroGirlie
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 31, 2010


    a few weeks ago, i was sitting talking to some of my fellow employee's, and we were all in agreement, that maybe we should all start smoking, so we could get random breaks every so often lol!!! i wouldnt do it though, its not worth it lol!!!
    cowshed123 cowshed123
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jan 12, 2011

    Every 30 Minutes? Really?

    I can't believe smokers can take a break every 30 minutes. Where are these companies? At what jobs do they allow this much time away from working? I've been working for over 20 years & let me tell you, I have yet to work for a company that would allow this much 'break' time. At...
    4vrUnique 4vrUnique
    3 Responses Aug 4, 2012

    Wasted Time

    Wow, I never truly realized how much time I wasted on all those little smoke breaks! Now I see all the people I used to smoke with going outside every 20-30 minutes! Amazing. I get so much more done now without being a slave to cigarettes and nicotine!  
    ReeReeJr ReeReeJr
    46-50, M
    1 Response May 19, 2008

    Water Breaks

    A former boss and I used to say that all the time.  So we started our "health" breaks where we had water or a drink.  It was great.  It wasn't fair that they could take up to 4-5 smoke breaks a day and we had none.
    shuttermagic shuttermagic
    36-40, F
    Jan 29, 2009

    I Was a Smoker

    now im not, i used to get breaks every hour now i have to work straight through, i take toilet breaks alright but thats what i miss most about not smoking, definitely not the habit itself though
    Donalh Donalh
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 8, 2008
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