Another potential legal problem arises from the Americans with Disabilities Act’s prohibition against discriminating in benefits with respect to qualified individuals with disabilities. Although smoking has yet to be identified as, itself, a disability, it often does involve attendant health issues that are disabilities, and there is always a possibility that a court would accept a claim on the theory that a smoker was “regarded as” being disabled. Still, it also is likely that having an acceptable wellness program would provide some insulation from such outcomes.
One thing occured to me in regard to smokers not realizing how they smell: I have noticed that other people in the room pick of the scent of flavored pipe tobacco, or flavored coffee, or flavored tea, more than I do when I’m actually consuming it. So perhaps part of the problem is not that smokers’ sense of smell has become deadened, or that they have become used to the smell — though those may be true — but perhaps it is also the case that sometimes one has to be somewhat removed from the source of a smell to appreciate it properly or get the full effect. I’ve also noticed that I appreciate the smell of something cooking more when I’ve sitting away from the stove, or even in another room, than I do if I’m actually cooking it.
Sex education of high school students mostly comes from friends with the myths they pass on to each other. This is dangerous, as these young people don’t really know what they are talking about. Curiosity triggers their experiments as they find ways to prove what they know about smoking and being powerful how little or big it may be. Smoking feeds this sense of power such that it now becomes ingrained. Smokers have a temporary “high” by just the act of smoking. They think they are more matured because they smoke. Non-smokers have a higher regard for themselves. They do not equate power with the simple act of smoking. Non-smokers tend to be more mature in thinking and in behaving.