16 May 2008

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em!



That's an old Bob Newhart routine from the late '50's or early '60's.
I've never smoked, and that one line has always been hilarious to me...
"You do WHAT with it, Walt?!"
With the attention to, and education about tobacco, not to mention the cost, I don't understand anyone starting or continuing the habit these days.


The numbers are decreasing, but when I first started working in EMS I was shocked by how many folks in health care smoke.
Docs, Nurses, etc.,... I always thought these folks were cream-of-the-crop, Mensa types. Surprise, surprise! It became obvious pretty quickly that even Mensa-types can be stupid enough to start a habit more addictive than shooting heroin into your veins. Still, so long as those around me are considerate, I take a "live and let live" attitude.
Smoke... Enjoy. It's your life.

Now let's talk about something even more stupid-
You've been tasked with booking a location for the "International Tobacco Show".
Where should you book the event? I've got a great idea... let's gather at the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois, where they have just passed a State law banning the use of tobacco products indoors. That way we'll have to walk half a mile to a tent to try products we might be interested in purchasing. What a great idea!
Unbelievable.

Sometime in the future I'll blog about morbidly obese EMS personnel.
I swear, in some ambulance districts I think "huge-avoirdupois" is a job prerequisite!

1 comment:

Rodolfo said...

Greybeard wrote: With the attention to, and education about tobacco, not to mention the cost, I don't understand anyone starting or continuing the habit these days.

I agree. I have to admit though that I took a drag from my classmate the other day. The pressure from all the projects and deadlines got to me. I shouldn't have but like my BM1 always used to say before an L/E boarding: Smoke em if you got em boys!!

It's a drug like anything else. I never smoked until I was around everyone that did. I know that's not an excuse but when you're out in the middle of the Bering Sea at 2AM on a SAR case cigarettes fill the void. Again not a good excuse but I'm lucky that I can control the urges to an extent.