campuses and other places with strict policies toward smoking, these are a byproduct
of the growing
anti-smoking trend. By controlling where
smokers can go to have their cigarettes, the smoke-free movement has created a social group based
around smoking. These groups often
take the form of a circle
as more arrive, and are united at very least by the fact that those present
smoke. In the time it takes to finish a cigarette, members can quickly discover goals, views, etc that they
have in common
with others. This phenomenon also
adds to the allure of cigarettes, by bringing people who do not smoke into smoking areas
for the sake
of good conversation, and can often
lead to them becoming smokers as well. This decision to become a full-fledged member of the smoker's circle
rationalized by stating the health detriments of how much second-hand smoke is already being inhaled without the psychological benefit of nicotine. Sometimes these members are actually social smokers, smoking exclusively at the smoker's circle
or other times when they
are surrounded by smokers, using the same rationalization as previously stated.
Because of the smoker's circle
, "smoke-friending" is becoming more and more viable. Upon arrival in an unfamiliar area, smokers are able to meet
may have otherwise not given
a moment's attention. This also
attracts new smokers, as some
join in an effort to gain companionship when other methods are not as effective as planned.
Aaron: "Hey Bruce, where's Jason? Wasn't he just with you?"
Bruce: "Yeah, he was, but you can't smoke
in here, so he's out front
at the smoker's circle."
Aaron: "Oh man, I hope they don't get talking about the economy out there, we won't see him until half-a-pack from now!"
John, to roommate: "Man, I thought we'd meet more people by now, I mean we've been
here a week, had our door open, and so far the only people we seem to know are the RA and that
kid next door who drops the f-bomb
14 times whenever he dies
Roommate: Dude, I have an idea- let's run to the gas station and buy a pack of cigarettes
. There's a smoker's circle
out at the entrance, I bet we can smoke-friend some people!"