I find it hilarious how people are getting used to using it like a shield. I guess they find that it's less embarrassing to fart up a smoke than get sunk by another ship. The level of hilarity increases exponentially with the difference in ship levels. The other day I was lumbering in my AD vs 2 L1 and SN BB4 (could not be arsed to learn its name), amazingly there was hardly a moment that a smoke was not in the air on their side.
The reload time on the smoke should be tripled or more.