Idiots, just get off it. Your not being intelligent by being an idiot. Smokers DO talk about work while smoking. DO solve problems over these breaks. Stepping away from a problem is COMMON SENSE to help solve things - smoking or not. And being forced to stand with someone you don't sit by or normally work with tends to generate knowledge transfers that wouldn't otherwise happen. And we've observed YOU, surfing on facebook, talking around the water cooler, spending HOURS bitching about how smokers get to go outside every couple of hours, despite the fact that YOU are just as capable of doing the same. My point is, at the end of the day, most people end up burning about the same proportion "not working". Better, at every company i've ever worked for, the smokers worked massively more hours than the non-smokers - so whatever time you think they aren't working they are likely making up for when you aren't even around to "watch them"
@Gripp Sure...but if (12) female employees smoke for (6o+) hrs./week...and (1) male (non-smoker) uses the phone for MUCH less than what smokers take and fired for phone calls when he's multi-tasking with his duties....isn't this a discriminatory practice?