Smoke and mirrors

Oct 20 2009 by Derek Torres Print This Article

I came across a study recently in USA Today stating that the people most likely to smoke are those who work in the food-service industry. What's amazing to me is how anyone can either afford to smoke or find a place to legally enjoy a cigarette in that sort of environment.

Getting back to the study, a whopping 45% of food-service employees smoke, especially the younger ones. I wonder if this has to do with the hectic schedule of these workers, including ever-changing shifts (that might start at the crack of dawn one day and then shutting down the following night). Could it be due to the stress of always being on one's feet? Could it be due to the relatively low wages earned compared to the physical difficulty and stress of the job?

Unfortunately, the survey or the article does not explore the reasons behind why these workers smoke. In fact, the results have led to some weird conclusions, such as the observation that such results might help lawmakers come up with some more no-smoking propaganda. Wow, like that might do some more good.

Perhaps it's time to revisit the flexible boss question and see if he can help improve the health and life of these 45% of food service employees.