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In the Army, why do smokers get smoke breaks and not non-smokers?

If you smoked you'd get a break to feed your habit, but the non-smokers would only get a break if they pretended to be smokers by standing there holding a lit ciggy for their buddy. That doesn't sound right to me. How about you?


Asked by Zoeyis at 10:35 AM on Aug. 22, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • what Mythic said. Its not just the army and I'm not sure why the smokers get breaks, I always found it annoying.

    Answer by Tes...Jacksmami at 10:44 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • It's the same way almost everywhere. Thankfully at my current job (& last job) they offered 10 minute "smoke breaks" to non-smoking employees, I feel regardless if one gets it the other should as well. No special breaks!

    Answer by jjk45xox at 10:49 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • Ugh, that doesn't just happen in the army, I dealt with this at many of the jobs I worked too.

    Answer by MythicMMM at 10:41 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • My mothers work is like that.....all of her co workers smoke and they just get up from their desks...hop outside and smoke....she has to BEG to get a pee break! WRONG!

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 10:53 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • My husband was in the army for 8 years and we have never had of that. Yes, some of the guys would smoke during the down time while they were in garrison but none of the smokers got a special break or anything like that.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:37 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I think it's wrong to accommodate people who CHOOSE to smoke, especially when it cuts into their productivity and performance on the job!! EVERY single smoking co-worker I ever knew, ended up producing poor quality work, would stay late ot finish their work, was always stressed meeting deadlines, and generally lackadaisical in their work ethic--oh and they ALWAYS managed to take every minute of their lunch break, multiple bathroom breaks, and extended chats around the "water cooler."

    It's no wonder it breed animosity among co-workers....and to top it all off, who wants to sit next to someone who smells like an ash tray?! Yuck!


    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:17 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • My husband has been in for 3 years and I don't think that is the case.. everyone is released at the same time as far as I know. if you smoke.. go burn one. If you don't.. go grab a drink or something.

    Answer by Ctink8189 at 10:48 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • Um... not just the Army...You just described my job...

    Answer by But_Mommie at 2:20 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • thats good. My unit was totally like that and it never seemed fair.

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 10:37 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I think they should have to quit smoking to get in.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:16 AM on Aug. 22, 2010