Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chemistry Lab



Ahhh . . . the good old days when men could enjoy a good pipe smoke in the chemistry lab without fear of persecution. All kidding aside, I can remember I entered the professional workforce in the 1980's and at that time it was still common for coworkers to smoke inside in their cubicles. Also, I can remember in the 1970's in High School teachers smoking inside. 

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  1. I've been a nurse since the mid seventies and I put out more than one bed fire back then as the patients were allowed to smoke in bed! Thankfully things have changed, I never thought sedating, pain relieving medications and cigarettes went together.

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  2. Thank goodness enough people came to their senses and stopped that stupid smoking indoors.

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    1. I agree with DADD. Being seated near smokers in a restaurant was never enjoyable. Very cool photo. In the mid 80's, I had a very small college Anthropology class (~8 students) that met in a little lab room. I can remember our prof smoking some days. I don't think he would of gotten away with it in a larger classroom. He died a few years later of some type of cancer.
      -Anne K.

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  3. When I started teaching in the 70s, there were two teacher's lounges, one smoking and on non. In the 80s, smokers were forced outside the building to smoke.

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    1. I never smoked, but I always sat in the smokers lounge at work. That's where all the fun people were. My parents were smokers & so was my husband. I retired & after 2 years went back to work. I couldn't stand to be any where near that room again. As a result of all that second hand smoke, I now have emphysema.

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  4. Back in my High School Days the students had smoking priveledges. Students were allowed to smoke between classes, at lunch and during free periods. This was from 1975 thru 1977. They took smoking priveledges away in 77 because too many students were smoking other stuff as well. The students had a walkout in the Spring of 77 and closed down the school for a day. This was your regular run of the mill public high school. Stoughton, MA.

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  5. I smoked a pipe for many years. The best part was the taste of a fresh pipe and the aroma. I really liked it. In those days I would get bronchitus. I rarely do now. One day we were given a health inspection by a health worker from an insurance company. She asked if I smoked. I asked her if it made a difference. She said it about doubled my insurance. I said no and have not smoked since that interview. But I sure do miss it. That there is a good definition of addiction.

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  6. My first non-fast food job was in a hospital dietary department in 1978. The managers and supervisors all smoked in their offices, employees could smoke in the bathrooms and employee cafeteria was a blue-choked smoke hole. There was a huge uproar when Admin made half the cafe a non-smoking zone. I can remember walking the hospital halls delivering food trays and doctors were smoking in the halls and patients and guests were smoking in the rooms.
    I'm so glad times have changed.

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  7. Tobacco smoke causes me to have horrible migraines, some of them lasting up to three days. I'm glad for smoking bans.

    The stink in organic chem labs was pretty awful too. I was glad when I had taken all my chemistry credits.

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  8. The pastor who prepared both my sister and me for Confirmation was a chain smoker. He would light his next cigarette off the stub of the one he was smoking. Try that now with a roomful of kids! And yes, he died of lung cancer.

    My dad smoked a pipe for many, many years, and I really do miss the aroma of pipe tobacco.

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  9. For a split sec. I thought it was Humphrey Bogart week.

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    1. LOL My thoughts too!
      -Anne K.

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  10. When I was in elementary school, my Aunt was a teacher in the school and she often had a cig burning on her desk.
    My high school had an official "smoke break" for students in the morning around 10:00AM....up until the mid 80's.

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