Well, it is time again for Fullbore Friday. Yes, yes, I know its a cheap rip off from CDR Salamander but his are way better anyway. Besides, my shenanagins are cheeky and fun... nevermind. Studies have statistically shown that 9 out of 10 people don't get these references.
Smoking, and tobacco use in other forms, is undoubtedly a common habit among modern Navy sailors. In fact, it's pretty common throughout the armed services. That's not to say it's a good idea to start, or that this trend should continue. And in all seriousness, there are many in NHS who should quit eh-hem... yeah. It is your legal right, and you are free to choose, but there is no mistaking the irreparable damage you are doing to your body, and hence a vital piece of miltary equipment, when you choose to light up.
Now I know that many Sailors pick this habit up before they enter the military. Many have parents or other outside influuences that promote the habit, actively or passively. But the culture of the modern Navy - where smoke decks are regular places of temporary refuge and even unofficial business transactions - can do little to correct the situation. Just know that smoke decks are dangerous places - and not only for the company.And for those of us who feel that smoking doesn't impede our work, we should take a quick look at all the time we spend "thinking things over" while puffing away. The Launch would probably be done by now, if not for the frequent breaks. Unfortunately I know what happens when I curtail those...
Okay I've completed another Friday entry. Some of it was funny. If you are a smoker, you need to SERIOUSLY CONSIDER taking steps to quit. The Navy's tobacco cessation course is actually quite thorough, and might be able to help you. Think about it, that's all I ask. I am.