driving through marlboro country

15 09 2007

smoking driverIt’s a common scene in my area. A school bus arrives a bit early to pick up the students. The bus is stopped a block or so before the bus stop – generally out of sight. The driver steps out of the bus and smokes a cigarette. Once finished, the driver reenters the bus, arrives at the bus stop on time and carries the students of to their school.

I have been around smokers my whole life. Some seem to ‘need’ to smoke more than others.  I remember working with a guy once who was teaching a class. It was his first day as a computer teacher, and was nervous and anxious to do a good job. He was fidgety & pacing frantically for the first 45 minutes or so. Suddenly, he called for a morning break & bolted for the smoking area outside. The students looked puzzled, and a bit put off – who could blame them. The day had just started, and they were anxious to learn – and they payed a lot for the class.

Obviously, this scenario is an extreme example, but it was real. All people addicted to cigarettes clearly have an internal ‘calling’ to take in more smoke. My question to anyone who reads this – and is either a smoker or is close to a smoker;

Does this ‘call’ to get another cigarette subtract from the whole consciousness of the smoker? If my child is on a school bus, and the driver is being ‘called’ to smoke, does it lessen his/her attention and ability to get my child to school safely?

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2 11 2007
Bookratt

When you’re jonesing for ANYTHING, be it cigarettes or cocaine, it suddenly becomes all you can think about. It’s an addiction, pure and simple.

When you’re that badly in need of a cig, regardless of your surroundings or other people’s needs, your mind focuses on that urge to smoke —and relieving the tension built up as a result of this urge requiring its fulfillment. Nothing else matters— until you satisfy it. And then, the cravings begin again.

Bad news for the kids on the bus, in terms of his dealings with them at that moment of his deepest need, and for his awareness of traffic/safety as well. (Never mind his poor role-modeling skills if they happen to observe him indulging in his habit).

I was a pack-and -a- half a day smoker for over 20 years. Trust me.

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