Pay raise. More breaks at work (therefore smokers receive a higher per hour salary ). As a non-smoker, I used to question how it was socially acceptable to take a break every couple of hours to go outside and smoke. So I decided to experiment (imagine that, me test authority and social standards) and take a non-smoke break and just sit outside and read every time a coworker went outside to smoke. Nobody noticed but it was hard for me to actually remember to physically get up and leave my computer that often.
For some odd reason I always have enjoyed the conversation with smokers quite a bit! You go out for a smoke break and there are several other people there and you usually talk about something interesting... moreso than most other random assortments of people you don't know (with exception to people in a bar! )
Also, if you work in the service sector it kind of goes along with the job- I have 1 coworker who doesn't smoke (out of 12). When things get slow at the job it's nice to step outside as a group and talk- it's like leaving work behind and socializing as normal people for a bit instead of having to chat about job related stuff
it's also a good place to hide from really unpleasant customers!
Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett
I don't think anyone has mentioned how much it can cozy up a conversation when two smokers are smoking and drinking coffee together. Like the social group bonding thing, it also brings intimacy to much smaller groups.
Beer is much more drinkable with cigarettes (which would be such an advantage for me if I drank beer more often).
And when I think of advantages, I think of the wonderful speech Bebe delivers in Frasier:
Daphne: Well, I smoked for years but I never became addicted. To this day, I can buy a pack, have a cig or two, toss them in a drawer and not crave another for months. Bebe: You know there's a word for people who can do that... what is it? Oh yes - bitch! Niles: There's no need to be insulting just because you're wrestling with an unhealthy and disgusting habit. Bebe: It isn't disgusting; it's wonderful! Frasier: Now, Bebe, tell me, what is so wonderful about smoking? Bebe: Everything! I like the way a fresh firm pack feels in my hand. I like peeling away that little piece of cellophane and seeing it twinkle in the light. I like coaxing that first sweet cylinder out of its hiding place and bringing it slowly up to my lips. Striking a match, watching it burst into a perfect little flame and knowing that soon that flame will be inside me! I love the first puff, pulling it into my lungs... little fingers of smoking filling me, caressing me, feeling that warmth penetrate deeper and deeper until I think I'm going to burst! Then... watching it flow out of me in a lovely sinuous cloud, no two ever quite the same!
From Blackwater's ENFP Fluff-O-Meter:
The Wolf - manages to put on a happy face as a means to an end; challenges the soft spots of fellow human beings to "know where he has them"; gloomy and misanthropic.
In the 3 months that I tried to get addicted to smoking (because it was cool) I noticed that smoking is a great activity to retreat into your introversion and focus inward, even if you're coughing the whole time.
This is how I felt about it too. The fact that it's a "social activity" turned me off. I don't want to talk to more people than I have too. When I smoked socially, it was only because I was anxious and felt like I had to be "doing something" so I would appear less awkward.
I smoked the most late at night or early in the morning when I was by myself. It was the perfect amount of "buzz" to get me into a very reflective mood.
Now I shall say the obligatory line: But I'm glad that I quit.