Back in the bad old days when I had to work for a living, I used to buy my pipe tobacco a pouch or two at a time.
There was a shop in the canteen and I used to buy between five and six packs a week. Since I retired however I am no longer passing by a convenient shop several times a day, so I tend to buy in bulk, a weeks supply at a time.
After a while of this bulk buying I realised that I was building up quite a decent stockpile of tobacco, and wondered what the hell was going on. I started taking note of how many pouches I was getting through a week, and to my surprise, it was down to around three. I had made no conscious effort to cut down on the smoking, so why was I lighting up less?
The solution to my little conundrum was very simple.
In my working days, I worked on a fairly large campus, with a decent brisk walk between buildings. Back in the early 90s most offices went smoke free, including my own. The smoke free status didn’t bother me that much as I had to spend a fair time outdoors anyway, walking between buildings.
What was happening, of course was that any time I had to head outdoors, I was lighting up, as I knew my smoking time was restricted. Whether I wanted to or not, I was lighting up as I never knew exactly when I was going to get another chance.
Now that I am retired, I dictate my own smoking rules. I now live in a compulsory smoking zone, and non-smokers are politely but firmly asked to go outdoors to the to the non-smoking area in the garden. Now there is no pressure on me to light up at any particular time. I smoke precisely when I feel like it and not when some artificial situation dictates.
It just makes me wonder though, how many other people have discovered this quirky side effect of the smoking bans?
Are the bans causing some people to smoke more?