Cigarettes are not a medicine. Part 1
Even if smoking is your own business, it turns into social when you will desire to get nicotine dose at work. The matter is that in majority German enterprises smoking is prohibited. Employer has right not only to hang a plate with words "no smoking" but he also has to comply with the law that obliges him to keep health of non-smoking employees protecting them of smoke. But concern about providing smokers with special places doesn't enter in a round of duties of employer.
By the way, smoke breaks often become reason of arguments and conflicts in the team. Nobody can prohibit you to smoke during lunch time, but "cigarettes breaks" are not specified in labor code. "No doctor will prescribe you smoking during lunch time, - notes ironically expert in employment law Harald Schwamborn. - Cigarettes are not a medicine".
Smoke break discord
Employees that run out for smoking often offend colleagues. According to interrogation carried by portal karriere.at, almost one half from 500 interrogated employees consider that smokers work with less efficiency as they quite often interrupt their work because of vicious habit. In some German enterprises they even have to register their smoke breaks. Pauses, spent on smoking are deducted from general working hours later.