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  • First, don't generalize : saying that geeks don't smoke is like saying that geeks like guns, or are libertarian, etc.

    Secondly, I've maybe an idea about the low percentage of smoker geeks : smoking is typically a social skill, acquired during social events, parties and so on; things that self-called geeks maybe tend to attend less, preferring smaller focused groups or computer hacking. (Trying to avoid generalization as well...)

    • I didn't really mean to say that geeks don't smoke. Even though it's not mentioned in Hackers, I'm sure that there were MIT hackers who smoked away from MIT. I am very aware that there are geeks who smoke, I just don't know many.

      What I was marvelling at really is that most of the geeks I come in contact with (in Australia) don't smoke. Geeks who do (in my (Australian) experience) are few and far between. This is wonderful for me as it means that I hardly ever encounter cigarette smoke.

      You're prob