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Designers smoke more?!


Do you/did you smoke?

  • Yes, GOD yes!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nope, it's disgusting

    Votes: 11 61.1%
  • Used to, gave it up because it made me feel cool

    Votes: 7 38.9%

  • Total voters
    18

tim

Senior Member
#1
okay, so I'm really curious about this one.

I've noticed on the thread about essential items, some people mentioned fags as their first or second item!

So, is smoking particularly related to design, or is it just a giant coincidence that so many people do smoke here?



Thanks guys :D
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#4
I used to smoke many years ago when i was working in New Zealand, other than that no :) find it makes my design less fluid :p
 

tim

Senior Member
#6
wow, that surprises me! i've heard for the last... i dunno how long... that designers are more likely to smoke, and that it's their industry.

Fail whale, comes to mind.
 

Greg

Active Member
#7
I think that's a myth Tim! I don't think there's any connection to the design industry and smoking.
In answer to your poll, I've never smoked :)
 

berry

Active Member
#8
I used to smoke, but stopped 5 years ago. I did find that when i was under a lot of heavy pressure ( there's 1. work. 2. pressure. 3 heavy pressure!) I did oversmoke. Maybe a mental thing. I think the whole smoking thing because of the laws at work is now a redundant issue. But it's free will and people's choice still.
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#9
I smoke but am in the process of giving up/cutting back. I rarely smoke at work but it is good on occasion to get away from your desk & clear your head (of course there's nothing stopping me going for a walk n not smoking).

Berry said:
I think the whole smoking thing because of the laws at work is now a redundant issue. But it's free will and people's choice still.
My first design job (2003 I think) I shared an office with the MD of an estate agents and could smoke at my desk! That seems ridiculous now.
 
#11
I'm one of the filthy smokers as well. :)

I don't think smoking is particulary related to Design. But I do love a good cup of coffee and a cigarette when I have to do stuff on my computer at home, especially if it's late at night and I need to stay awake. And it's also nice to get a break from the office once in a while and have a fag if you're under pressure.

I've cut back a lot though. Used to be on 20 a day, but now it's more like 5-6. Ultimately I'd like to quit completely.
 

MikeM

Junior Member
#14
I agree that I don't necessarily think smoking and design go hand in hand - however I do think that if you smoke already, and you're a freelancer working from home, then that'll probably lead you into smoking more, simply because you can.

I found myself smoking about 40 a day, which was just insane, so I've had to push myself into cutting down dramatically and now only smoke around 6-8 at the most - trying to quit altogether this year too.
 
#15
I'm a smoker, and probably always will be.

I gave up once for about 4 months, but decided to start up again. Not because I'm an addict, but because I enjoy smoking.

Anyway, on subject, I don't think designers smoke more - I smoke the same amount today, as I did when I wasn't a designer.
 
#16
I've not had a smoke in over 2 years now! Stopped a few months before the smoking ban came in so was clean of the addition before being forced to stand outside in the cold British weather!!!
 

tim

Senior Member
#19
@Michae : A few people have said that, and I'm recognising now it's smoking related to the fact it's a heavy job at times.

@Eagle : I'm not getting the NHS are betting off part... but it's good to see you're back here again!
 
#20
tim-ater said:
@Eagle : I'm not getting the NHS are betting off part... but it's good to see you're back here again!
I forget the exact figures but 'we' pay something like £80 billion in to the NHS and only take £4Bn out in treatments. Or is it million, I dunno. Good economics anyway, no? ;)