They are poisoning themselves in order to try and convince the world that they have craftsman like skills.
It reminds me of a scene from the Gospel of Nicodemus where what would appear to be the mans son per the context of the setting of the text pretends that he is Jesus and takes his father by the hand and tucks him in bed like Jesus would do.
You would be better craftsman without the cigarettes. It would force you to become better skilled craftsman and people.
One should not need to light up a cigarette in order to learn. And one should not be ashamed of how they learn provided there is no great crime against humanity involved.
Copyright 2012 Thomas Paul Murphy
Originally published on 07 13 2012 at: www.themilwaukeeandwisconsinnews.blogspot.com