Attire is the smoking section varies from person to person, however many people were in food court employee uniforms. The first day of observation a flood of maroon/red scrub shirts came out together standing behind the benches in the smoking section. Each of these workers smoked quickly and chatted, afterwards spritzing themselves with body spray before re entering the food court. The other smokers all had on typical “college” attire, mostly t-shirts and jeans or shorts.
Routines and Rituals Routines and rituals are both major characteristics making a sub culture. The smokers of the Ball State student center had their own routines and rituals. Jaron, student and smoker, has a routine of smoking before classes at the student center, and then again mid day due to the placement of smoking sections and locations of his classes. Jaron also has a ritual like many of the smokers, which consist of “packing down” the cigarettes. When asked the purpose for packing down cigarettes Jaron was unsure but insisted that he did so before smoking each cigarette. After hearing of this packing down ritual and observing many others doing this I began to ask others why they did it and everyone came to the same conclusion: packing down pacts all the tobacco in tight and makes it a better flow of nicotine. While the smokers varied from Ball State students to employees all the women shared a particular routine. Every women observed sanitized their hands followed by spraying body spray or perfume. Men sometimes used hand sanitizer but none used any type of body spray, and many did neither. Mike, a student and smoker, stated he often worries he smells like