Smoking banned in public places – thats what the law says today. But in most offices we see a lot of people (i wont say men – have seen women too) standing in corners called the “smoking zone” and enjoying their cigarettes.
Yesterday evening when I called hubby he said he wanted some fresh air and so walked out of his desk. But to his dismay he found that there were atleast a dozen men standing right outside the entrance of their building-leaving puffs of smoke – where is the fresh air?! Despite repeated requests to the concerned authorities to shift the “smoking zone” to anywhere else other than the main entrance has fallen on deaf ears.
In my office I see a nice hut like structure next to the canteens.On my first day here I thought it would be good to sit there and have my lunch. But later found out that they were designated “smoking zones”! Wow! What luxury! And ofcourse if anyone needs a smoke they would have to walk to these areas to smoke which would take atleast 30 mins to reach the place, have their smoke and come back-so on an average working day considering the person needs to have atleast 2 cigarettes it would take away 1 hr out of the 9 working hrs apart from the 1 hr for lunch!
One very upset friend told me: “I dont go out for cigarette breaks 3 times a day – so I get to complete my work well within my 9 hrs and leave office at the right time – and the manager says I leave early every day!” Hello!- isnt 9 hrs a day the right way to work?
Sad but true – no law and no defined “smoking zones” are going to stop us from passive smoking along with bearing the ‘cigarette mixed with the strong mint’ smell on their clothes.And getting noticed for leaving work at the right time at the end of a tiring day – having completed our work and not taking “cigarette breaks”!