The "Significant Other Workpace Phonecall" thread prompted me to post this... I work with quite a few people who are regular smokers, and it got me thinking the other day about the amount of time that they get as smoke-breaks. Let's assume that, on average, a regular smoker will go for three cigarette breaks throughout the regular 8 hr. workday (not counting lunchtime of course). It would be safe to assume then that each smokebreak lasts about 5 minutes. So that's one 15 minute smokebreak total per workday. For a five day workweek, that works out to 15x5 = 1 hour and 15 minutes per week. My company allows for 3 weeks vacation (15 days), so let's subtract that from the average 52 week year, and say that there are 49 work-weeks in a year. We're not counting holidays here... just a guesstimate. 49 work weeks, time 1 hour and 15 minutes per week comes to 61 hours and 15 minutes, which in terms of 8 hour work-days figures itself to be just over 7 and a half days. So, based on the guesstimates stated above, smokers get an additional 7 and a half days of vacation over non-smokers. But I'd trade every last one of those days for a pair of healthy lungs. Moe.