Smoking

Mothball

Newbie
Cna you become aircrew if you smoke? Its just I've got an interview ina couple of days and i dont want to go in there smelling of fags and being told I can't fly if I do.
 

slim

War Hero
Don't know if times have changed since the mid 80s but on my flight both the pilot and observer smoked. May have been the stress of the job but in those days there seemed to be a higher percentage of aircrew smokers than non aircrew smokers. On a more serious note having spent 12 years in the tobacco industry I would recommend giving it up. There are all sorts of additives in tobacco to improve the flavour, chocolate and molasses being two of the more pleasant ones
 

dunkers

War Hero
If you can pass the medical even if you smoke then I would think you could still be aircrew.

But do yourself a favour and stop smoking, the fitness tests/medical would be so much easier if you did.
 
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angrydoc

Guest
I don't think there is a specific ban on smoking but bear in mind that you will have lung function tested and this will be reduced if you smoke, even if you're not a heavy smoker. It also portrays a more healthy image if you don't stink of cigarettes.

Also, FYI, after smoking a cigarette your blood pressure goes up significantly and takes about 10-15 mins to settle. Worth bearing in mind if you're having a quick one out the back before the medical!
 

fido

MIA
Ah, a whole new subject here I fancy. When I joined Her Brittanic Majesty's Royal Navy (1957) the first thing they taught us was how to smoke. The second lesson involved alcohol and the third (well, I'll leave it to your imagination but, thank God, it was heterosexual!) Blue liners were freely available and, with the passing of time, I became eligible for the tot. Both are now gone alas and I am grateful that I retired before the latter become optional and the alternative (it seems) compulsory! I still enjoy grog and my pipe but, in moderation and, for what it is worth, I don't smoke in the house - I can't put up with the redecoration! As for the health considerations - as a pipe smoker, it's interesting that insurance companys regard me as a non-smoker - apparently it's all to do with the toxins in cigarettes that are not present in leaf tobacco. Still an active climber and high hill walker, touch wood, I'm still in good nick.
 
The added benefit of a pipe is that if you have a good tobacconist you can get your own special blend made up for you! Though with hand-rolled you get the same benefit, but not the same rich, lingering flavour and aroma. Sadly since I've been asthmatic I've had to stop... but still love the fruity aroma of a good tobacco leaf... mmmmmmmmmmm :) ...followed by coughing and spluttering...
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Back in the day when I was a TAS Ape I was also a SMAC Rating, prepping torpedoes, DCs, etc. During Defence Watches all the SMAC Ratings would be the relief FLight Deck Party when the WAFUs were stood down off watch.

One day, whilst doing maintenance of my clicky chair, we got a shout to do an emergency land on, rotors running, refuel for a German Lynx. We prepped and waited...

Helo on deck, 4 nylon lashinss, facing forward, 2 POB... and we began pumping AVCAT. German Pilot climbs out of the cab, cigar in mouth, zippo in hand, about to spark up... until the FDO 'escorts' him to the appropriate designated area!!

:shock: :lol:
 
sgtpepperband said:
Back in the day when I was a TAS Ape I was also a SMAC Rating, prepping torpedoes, DCs, etc. During Defence Watches all the SMAC Ratings would be the relief FLight Deck Party when the WAFUs were stood down off watch.

One day, whilst doing maintenance of my clicky chair, we got a shout to do an emergency land on, rotors running, refuel for a German Lynx. We prepped and waited...

Helo on deck, 4 nylon lashinss, facing forward, 2 POB... and we began pumping AVCAT. German Pilot climbs out of the cab, cigar in mouth, zippo in hand, about to spark up... until the FDO 'escorts' him to the appropriate designated area!!

:shock: :lol:

Did anyone explain to him that we won the War in '45 and that we're allies now? :lol:
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Always_a_Civvy said:
sgtpepperband said:
Back in the day when I was a TAS Ape I was also a SMAC Rating, prepping torpedoes, DCs, etc. During Defence Watches all the SMAC Ratings would be the relief FLight Deck Party when the WAFUs were stood down off watch.

One day, whilst doing maintenance of my clicky chair, we got a shout to do an emergency land on, rotors running, refuel for a German Lynx. We prepped and waited...

Helo on deck, 4 nylon lashinss, facing forward, 2 POB... and we began pumping AVCAT. German Pilot climbs out of the cab, cigar in mouth, zippo in hand, about to spark up... until the FDO 'escorts' him to the appropriate designated area!!

:shock: :lol:

Did anyone explain to him that we won the War in '45 and that we're allies now? :lol:

Well Herman the German was a Kapitänleutnant (or summit!) and I was just an AB(S) at the time, so I wan't in a position to shout at him (plus I was pumping gallons of warm fuel with my long black rubber hose into his petrol pigeon at the time!)
 

mikh

MIA
Heard a dit that they were banning smoking on ships - any truth, as under the new legislation out next year they can still smoke in army/raf bases as they arre classed as 'residential'???
 

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