Smokers, for the most part, are not a noisy bunch. Except when the smokers have
a meeting to expound their views or the individual smoker vents his or her frustration
vocally, there is almost a funereal air surrounding smoking. It is almost as if
the smokers realize that they are an endangered species and they are smoking less
for their own pleasure and more in memory of their former companions who have smoked
their last butt.
Meetings are rarely silent (except when those present are participating in a moment
of silence). Some meetings tend to be raucous and in the absence of a firm gavel
or a strong chairperson, the meetings spiral out of control. Most meetings are controlled
events with an agenda although there is a degree of sound associated with them. Noisy
meetings generate a lot of sound although sound meetings generally do not generate
a lot of noise.
The smokers are seeking a release from their tensions but the very fact that there
are restrictions on their habits must aggravate many smokers. Workers who smoke
need to schedule their time to draw the most intakes from their limited outings.
Some smokers are very organized and come prepared with the necessary accessories.
Some smokers are less organized and always seem to be searching for a match or in
more desperate instances for a cigarette. Smokers generally tend to be a cooperative
bunch. They seem to have the magnanimous instincts of persons who want to spread
the cheer and not to begrudge anyone the chance of smoking a cigarette, because no
one knows when it will be the last cigarette that they will smoke.
Meetings are also mostly organized and many of them, especially those that are held
on a regular basis, tend to follow a certain pattern. The earliest arrivals are
usually those that are scheduling the meetings and they have the most at stake. The
next participants are the more focused and involved members who feel there are opportunities
to be gained from the meetings.