I walk through a construction zone that lasts for several blocks when approaching the office where I work. It’s morning. A significant number of construction workers are smoking cigs as they prepare for the day. There are many more smokers than any other place that I pass through or spend time.
So when you see all the new buildings taking shape in South Lake Union and downtown, give some credit to nicotine. This chemical flows through the bloodstreams of the men and women erecting these structures. The strong hands guiding their tools are made vibrant with a powerful drug. It burns through their neurons and helps power their lives. By the time smoking disables or kills them, most will be past their prime, no longer useful builders.