I don’t see many characters in other comics having conversations on smoke breaks, but writing events at the station it only stands to reason a lot of talking would happen at the smoke pit. Smoking seems like a big deal these days, a taboo you’re supposed to pretend people don’t do. Personally I find it to be a disgusting habit, but a common one so I’m not going to act like it doesn’t happen. Plus, outside smoking is a different place for characters to have a conversation besides the radio booth and the hall outside of it. Now I’ve outed Allen as a smoker, guess who else is? Actually, no one else you haven’t already seen smoke, just Allen, Tracy and Pratt.