How many of you smoke, and what........? - page 3

How many of you smoke, and what do you do to freshen your breath before going back to work (after a break) and how do you keep the tobacco smell off. Iv'e seen a lot of nurses and hospital employees... Read More

  1. by   RNIAM
    I am a smoker who has tried to quit off and on but my heart was not really in it...another day
  2. by   micro
    :spin: :stone :roll :zzzzz
  3. by   Tookie
    Never smoked - lucky l guess told by my singing teacher when l was 15 not to - l was impressionable
    My husabdn smokes - only outside since we had our children - l would love him to stop - but l am not a nagger yet - l try to be subtle about it

    What worries me - We have a worker - who has smoked for a long time - very nervoius type personality - she recently had a triple bypass - Dec 2001- back at work - and declares she is not smoking - Not just at work - but at her school at other places too - she is not quite 50, but is -I hear reports of her going back to her old chain smoking habits - Her Dr's /surgeons have told her no - work have told her no
    I probably wouldnt care - no l do care that this women is killling herslef - what l really get upset about is we the tax payer paid for her $180.000 operation through our medicare system - and she was done urgently because she was SOOOOOOOO BADDDD

    This makes me angry - she has had so much support in so many ways with her smoking and other issues at work - l beleive that theer are times when you cant help people.

    Shaking my head in bewilderment

    Tookie
  4. by   dianthe1013
    I used to smoke, but quit earlier this year. My boyfriend had been after me for months, and then my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer... So yeah, it didn't seem like such a good idea anymore.

    At my current part-time job, nearly everyone smokes (it's a bookstore) and everyone SMELLS like it, too. It's not a big deal, though.

    Now, my last job, I worked at a pharmacy as a technician. I used to feel really self-conscious about smoking on my breaks because of the cigarette odor. Finally, my friend Katie suggested Altoids. PHEW! I just stopped smoking at work from then on - it was easier to handle than the mints!

    Donna
  5. by   GailWHNP
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Freebird55
    Any suggestions would be great.

    Hi, Firebird,
    I smoked 2ppd x 25 yrs and quit "cold turkey" 15 yrs ago. I had quit many times before actually succeeding. The final time, I bought a back of cigs and put on top of the regrigerator. I told myself that if I really, really wanted a cig, it was there . . . I didn't have to dig through the garbage looking for a butt or "bum" off friends and then feel I needed to buy a pack to pay them back (give them their 2-3 cigs and smoke the rest myself!). This worked. I was not bummed out like the other times I tried to quit. I think it was being reassured that if I truly had to have one, just could not live without one, well, it was there. I really did not notice any strong craving that last time, and I have not missed a cig since. I still figure, I guess, if I have a strong need, it's there, but I haven't even had a twinge.

    Re weight gain . . . I didn't gain an ounce. All the energy and ability to breathe without gasping after going up a flight of stairs was used in doing things such *as* going up the flight of stairs instead of elevators, walking instead of driving, etc.

    Good luck to you!
    Gail
  6. by   sbic56
    I like how the "and what..." looks at the end of your question in the thread title.

    Heather

    My first thought was the same. I thought: Nah, allnurses wouldn't be admitting to that....would they?

    I quit smoking and got addicted to the damn Nicorette for over a year. Duh. Quit that in January. Only way to get rid of the nasty smell in my mind is to get rid of the nasty habit!
  7. by   kittyw
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    I smoke only if I'm on fire.
    :roll Love it!! Me too. Never smoked ... my dad did until the doctor told him he would have to smoke outside b/c it was causing my recurrent ear infections. He decided to quit instead (couldn't brave the cold winters in PA) and I stopped having ear infections.
  8. by   kewlnurse
    I hate cigarette smoke, however I do smoke cigars, and have no intentions of quitting. Nothing like a good hand rolled cigar.

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