Ok… yes I’m a smoker (been trying to quit for years… don’t start on me on that though), but if you’ll listen and read my whole response, maybe you’ll understand Professional Seamen a little more completely and why you got the response you did barging in with post #1 and demanding action.
It’s been said that going to sea is “Like prison with a chance of drowning.” Yeah, pretty true… and with that, on ships comes a VERY strong, “don’t screw with another person unless you’re ready for a beatdown” (verbal or otherwise) just like in prison. We’re in very confined spaces with people we may or may not know for weeks or months at a time. Yes, even on that massive cruise ship you were on, you’d be shocked by how small even the officer quarters are (I literally couldn’t turn around in the shower in my room and at the time I was a scrawny 150# kid).
With that confinement though, comes a great deal of tolerance. If we can’t sense an immediate effect on us, we’re likely to shrug our shoulders and go “whatever floats your boat dude.” We’re all very live, and let live. You might get the impression that we’re a squabbling bunch of kids from looking on here. True… we are, and my wife knows that there are days that I refer to my crew as “my 12 bratty kids.” But with that, there’s a degree of respect for each other’s space, interests, and ignoring their vices if one can. I’m betting at least one respondent on this thread is a non-smoker believe it or not, and is in the fight just because someone tried to take something away from a shipmate.
We’re funny like that, we come from all walks of life; all races, religions, nationalities, genders, sexualities… hell, even drastically different education backgrounds. On the streets at home, we may never cross paths with the people we work with because of silly “outside world social reasons,” but on the boats, we will stand up for each other because we’re one big fucked up family that has to work together there.
(As an aside, yes, we know smoking is bad for us, but on ships, there are a million things that could kill us a whole lot quicker that are of much higher priority than whether a whiff of smoke from a cig came through the ventilation system into our room.)
Aside #2: One other thing:
You aren’t EVER supposed to see crew smoking in the cruise industry, so if you mentioned it to any cruise staff, you got those people fired probably.