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Do IT pros smoke too much?

In a time when none of us can look up without reading the results of some random study conducted somewhere, we thought we'd add to the burden. Take our meaningless poll!

In a time when none of us can look up without reading the results of some random study conducted somewhere, we thought we'd add to the burden. Take our meaningless poll!

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The idea for this blog came from one of TechRepublic's Senior Editors, Sonja Thompson. Sonja, in the process of discussing another of my blogs -- Do IT pros eat more? -- in her weekly TR Out Loud video, suggested I pose the same question but in terms of smoking.

So if you're feeling like this is National Accuse IT Pros of Bad Habits Month, just blame Sonja.

To keep things from getting too out of hand, let's just talk about smoking cigarettes. We'll take a completely unscientific poll and then absolutely fail to analzye the results. Ready?

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

209 comments
hippiekarl
hippiekarl

...in the reason why commercial airliners (which banned passenger smoking some years ago [on domestic and European routes, at least]) still DO have a 'smoking section'. However, like the Teacher's Lounge, YOU can't go there. It's called the 'cockpit'. Airline safety aknowledges that an effect of nicotine ingestion is 'short-term hightening of awareness/acuity', and if the guy responsible for bringing 300 people back to Earth just above stall-speed in IFR weather etc. wants to augment his spatial perception and reflexes, well, there's still an ashtray in cockpit dashboards. That's the main reason you often can't find your aero-waitress; she/he's often up front having a smoke with the flight crew. Who's not in favor of an alert pilot?! I say, "Smoke em if ya got em, buddy; do your best work here........."

jred
jred

I only read the first page of comments, but I was smoking 30-40 cigarettes a day. I got an e-cig & I've dropped to 10-20 a day. I could probably quit, but I have no real desire. The best part is instead of sitting at my computer chain smoking, I just vape. No smoke, all the nicotine, and they have groovy flavors like maple & caramel :)

iguana_nis
iguana_nis

Smoking kills. Smoking is not good for people around you. Smoking is expensive. Smoking is totally not IN. Smoking makes your teeth go yellow. Smoking was made for rich people and 1st cigarettes had taste and they were made just to take smoke in the mouth, and not in your chest. Smoking SUCKS BIG TIME and that is true. :)

JimInPA
JimInPA

but what is too much? Really... ;)

m.ali
m.ali

it pro without smoking wont look like an it professional

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

How often do IT pros wear jeans at work? At home? For the men (and some women, so I understand) is it boxers or briefs? Cotton socks or a blend? Change their own motor oil or have someone else do it? Fill up their own wiper fluid? Read a newspaper daily, weekly or never? Single ply or double-ply toilet paper? These are pressing issues. I need to know!

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

At the moment the chimney with all of the smoke is on top at 52%. I didn't think that it would be anywhere near that close. I really thought that there would be more non smokers. Glad I didn't bet on it. Gotta go SMOKO.

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

Most I.T. professionals I know are health nuts and gym rats. At my former place of employment, we had a gym that I used to work out in at lunch. most of the people there were I.T. people.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

1. I'm a dork, never. 2. I'm a nerd, once every 5 years. 3. I'm a geek, once a year. 4. I'm married with kids, once a month. 5. I'm married with no kids, once a week. 6. Dating, daily. 7. I'm living in a fantasy world, more than daily.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But that was 14 years ago now and only the 1 glass. :p Peeved off a Cop one night at 4.00 am when he asked me how much I had to drink and when was my last drink of Alcohol. I replied [b]"You will not like the answer"[/b] but he was insistent and wouldn't settle with I had not drunk anything at all that night. After he insisted I told him and he did exactly what I had told him he would he thought I was being a [b]SMART A$$.[/b] :( While I don't say I don't drink as I will not refuse a good glass of Wine with a meal it's not all that common unless I'm entertaining people. :8} And as an answer to your question of [i]but what is too much?[/i] When the quacks tell you, you will be dead in a week if you don't stop drinking. And here I thought that if you did stop drinking anything at all you defiantly would be dead within a week. ;\ I keep assuming that the Quacks want to turn people into Kolas as they never drink anything. :D Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I smoke way too much of a [b]DAVETTE[/b] as I'm helping her loose weight. :^0 Col ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

If they design video games, POT should be highly smoked. If they do hard-core graphics work, POT should be highly smoked. If they are just a-holes, Crack should be highly smoked. For almost all else, Tobacco should be just fine. :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[i]Work[/i] All the time I hate suits & Ties. [i]Home[/i] Again all the time I live in jeans. What I can find at the time though they are generally briefs. :p None I don't like shoes if I can avoid them but Riding Boots are a different kettle of fish. When I'm wearing Riding Boots in Summer 2 pairs of Cotton. In Winter or cold weather 1 pair cotton and one pair of Straight Synthetic I don't need the cold or rain getting in. B-) I change my own as I use lubricant, different to what anyone around sells at Auto Repair Places PM Racing Lube isn't the average thing used here for some strange reason but I don't need to change it often the Ducati has only has 3 oil changes and the Mercs about once every year or 2. Though the filters do get changed every 20,000 KMS. I'm getting a bit short only have about 50 gallons left so I may need to consider something different in about 10 years time. What are Wipers? I use Rainx so nothing sticks tot he glass inside or out. I don't honestly know if the wipers work I don't need them. Again Whats a Newspaper? Other than for gardening I don't think I see any. What ever [b]SWMBO[/b] buys I'm way to clever to start an argument with her over what is used in the house. I don't need the aggravation. ;) Col ]:)

jdclyde
jdclyde

writers NEED topics to write about. This is an effort to find topics that involve us, so are revisited repeatedly. How many times can we hear about how women make less than man in IT? How many times can we hear about how MS is great/evil? And it is boxer briefs. B-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Jeans/Work -- once a week (Friday) Jeans/Home -- rarely, usually in shorts boxer-briefs not sure, whatever is in the drawer. I usually only wear socks at work (with shoes) or hiking. Usually in sandals nowadays, someone else does the oil. However I could do it, just too lazy. wiper fluid, I rarely use it, they top it off with the oil change read :0 from paper :0 :0 :0 RARELY -- online -- much more often single/double? Hmmm, I think its double. Whatever it is that I find at Costco is what is used normally.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Never, any more. Whenever possible Boxer-briefs Blend Change my own Fill my own Daily Single-ply Andf now you know! ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Who has time for lunch, much less time to work out?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

And how do you have it? Col :p

Bizzo
Bizzo

Now I understand the difference between a dork, a nerd and a geek. A dork has a frustration level of +120!

jdclyde
jdclyde

8. Have internet access and a large supply of Kleenex. Non-stop.

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I believe it's called writers block. It'd be hard writing to a deadline. Now excuse me, I have to go back to listening about Joe the plumber.

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

is when I'm at my mother-in-laws house. It's boring over there, nothing much to do after checking out her garden. Since we're answering: Jeans at work? What's work? ?:| Jeans at home everyday. Boxers. Joe Boxers. 60/40 cotton/poly blend. Black. Pay $12.00 to add Mobil 1 and filter I bought when I get my oil changed. Add my own wiper fluid. Can't stand a dirty windshield. Already know about the newspaper. Single-ply suitable for a septic system. :^0

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

randomly, about twice a week 2 to 4 days a week Boxer-briefs Blend Someone else Fill my own daily news :)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

tells you what gender you are. So if you dont have it, you are nothing :0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I'm not saying a word here. ;\ Col ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I clean the Windows whenever I get gas. There are only a few times in the year that I need to clean them between the gas station and morning dew (squeegee in the truck). In those cases I will use the window washer, however it usually only needs a bit of a topping off. I have the fluid, but have only needed to add it 1 time since '02

santeewelding
santeewelding

Except I flush my diapers. Too old to care about sewers and reclamation and global warming.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

labful of students taking finals in 4 different subjects. A giggle fit would be quite unseemly, not to mention throw my momentarily well-organized thinking into gale force nonsense. :D

santeewelding
santeewelding

Gives the pure, unadulterated truthful reality.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

in which the questions are asked. Oil. Washer fluid.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Jeans at work and at home. Neither. Cotton. Have someone else change it. Fill my own. Rarely. Cheapest two-ply I can find. ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You just said you wanted answers! :p Edit: keyboard on new laptop can't splel!

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Her father hands you a sympathy card that says, "She's all yours now, good luck." And her friends all tell you that, "You deserve each other, because nobody else would deserve either of you."

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Are you sure that you have investigated all possible avenues of Escape? If you really are at your wits end I can have one of the TR Guy's drop in and when the Strange person with the Dog Collar asks Does anyone present know of a reason why these 2 should not be married he can reply something along the lines of [b]"Yes I do he knocked my 13 sisters up and disappeared without a trace till now. You can't have him I'm here to get him to stop my sisters nagging me to death."[/b] :0 No charge it's all part of the service to keep you free and out from under the Thumb. :p Best Wishes and may the two of you enjoy what is left of your lives. Col

jdclyde
jdclyde

May God have mercy upon your soul.... ;\ I wish the both of you a happy life together.

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

that bolt of lightning might be an attractive counter-offer :)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

seeing as how Im getting hitched this Saturday.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[b]I'll do as I Bloody Well Feel Like Doing and You'll Do Exactly What I Tell You To. [/b] He said [b]YES DEAR![/b] Seems to work quite well I might add because all of the females that I know are extremely happy that they have their Husbands trained they way that they want them to behave. Col ]:)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

when a cloud forms over you and says it. Whats worse, would be if a bolt of lightning shot down afterwards, at your feet :0

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

when the minister looks you in the eye at the end of the ceremony and says "... and may God have mercy on your soul".

jdclyde
jdclyde

why she was smiling so much? :D You said "I do", she said "I did".... :p

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I thought it was the "I Do" that killed it all!

jdclyde
jdclyde

is an affliction that is cured by wedding cake.... :0

jdclyde
jdclyde

REAL men don't NEED lube.... :p Hey, he never said you had to be WITH someone non-inflatable for it to count! :0

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