Smokers - page 6

Just wondering if anyone knows why so many of us nurses smoke??? Couldn't be the STRESS could it?? At all of the places I've worked, almost all the nurses smoked, including me. Seems kind of odd... Read More

  1. by   JMP
    Dear NURSE FOR KIDS.....

    I have been watching and waiting and I CAN NOT STAND it anymore. I can not let you get away with comparing smoking to being gay. I can not believe no one else is going to call you on this one.

    When you say " who would choose to be a homosexual" do you realize how ignorant and backward and insulting that is? Something tells me you don't. And then, to compare it to smoking. Lumping a sucking a cigarette together with gays. Come on. Give your head a shake.

    I am not gay. I am a very PROUD mother of a gay son, however, and I deeply resent your comments.

    RETHINK your rational.
  2. by   night owl
    I guess I'll get in on this one...I smoke because I like it, especially with a cup of coffee, or after a meal and when I post a reply! No one is going to tell me not to smoke. I am considerate when in other people's cars, or amongst people who don't smoke. I resent the fact that I can't smoke 25 feet from a building and I don't! I figure I'm outside and that's good enough for me or whomever. They say I can't smoke in the bathroom well guess what I've done that too. I resent the fact that when I'm OUTSIDE in a ball park I can't light up...I have to go outside the stadium to have a smoke yet I can sit between two beer guzzelin fools cussin and swearin at the umpire. I'm sick and tired of being treated like a freekin criminal just because I smoke . It's a free country and if I want to smoke I will. I have to laugh about the time I was at the check out in the grocery store and couldn't reach the pack of cigs. I asked this lady if she could hand me a pack of Benson and Hedges menthol and she said, "Oh I'm not touching those! I don't want to give you cancer!" And my reply to her was," And you're a dumb a$$!" Everyone laughed. There are fools, and then there are fools!..........sheesh.............!
  3. by   mario_ragucci
    Then there are the people who spit, and I hate them. Nothing is worse than seeing someone spit on the pavement I hafta walk on. And, sometimes I see young women spitting too. It is something about the younger people who feel spittting is cool. Not tobacco - just out and out spitting amylase, or whatever. Forget about cigarette butts being bad on the ground, I don't mind that. I hate to see a spot where someone has spit. When I can see someone spit, it causes me to have a reaction to them. When I am having a break between classes, it is repulsive to be enjoying a smoke, and then someone will walk up and smoke and spit, like, its okay to spit near me because I am smoking. I get mad, and I don't even want to smoke anymore. These young folks think it is cool. It's not.
  4. by   BABYGIRL_RN
    I AM A SMOKING AND PROUD OF IT. BEING A SMOKER IS MY RIGHT, NOT YOURS. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ME BECAUSE I AM A SMOKER. WHEN I AM AT WORK, I TAKE 3 5-10 MINUTE BREAKS, THAT IS ALL. FEWER TO NONE IF WE ARE BUSY. I DO NOT LEAVE MY PTS FOR OTHER NURSES TO CARE FOR THEM. I ALWAYS FININSH MY WORK AND CHECK ON MY PTS BEFORE GOING OUTSIDE TO SMOKE. I RESPECT NON-SMOKERS WISHES OF NOT BEING AROUND SMOKE, SO YOU SHOULD SHOW SMOKERS THE SAME RESPECT. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN WHO HAVE NEVER HADE ASTHMA, OR ANY OTHER LUNG PROBLEM. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO BLAME SOMETHING ON SMOKERS. YOU NON-SMOKERS NEED TO LEAVE MY RIGHTS THE HELL ALONE, AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE. OH YEA, I DO NOT EVEN TAKE MY FULL 30 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK. AND IF YOU WANT YOUR BREAKS, GO TAKE THEM. DON'T BLAME THAT ON US. YOU NON-SMOKERS NEED TO STOP BEING SO JUDGEMENTAL. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF PEOPLE ALWAYS JUDGE EVERYTHING YOU DO. NO ONE WALKS A STRAIGHT LINE ALWAYS, SO IA M SURE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING THAT IS BAD FOR YOU!
    I HAVE ASLO KNOWN PEOPLE TO DYE FROM LUNG CANCER THAT WERE NEVER SMOKES OR EVER BEEN AROUND SECOND-HAND SMOKE.
    Last edit by BABYGIRL_RN on Feb 12, '02
  5. by   thisnurse
    mario....amen on the spitting.
    id rather look at cig butts any day.

    night owl...and youre a dummazz...lmao
    i agree about the beer guzzling fools, but dont worry, once they ban smoking everywhere..they are next to go.

    baby girl...do ppl REALLY die from lung cancer that have never been smokers?
    surely they must have looked at a cigarette once, thats prob how they got it. lol

    AND i dont want the nonsmokers taking up OUR tables in the smoking section. we cant smoke in your section, you should HAVE TO in ours.
  6. by   JMP
    Ignorance loves company. Just read the last few posts to prove that point.
    However, I can not for the life of me understand how well educated people can be so ignorant.

    I guess you somehow have to justify the horrifing thing you are doing to yourself and others around you every time you light up one of those BUTTS. The thing that I don't understand is this. Studies how that smoking is much more prevalvent among people with less education.Smoking is highest among people living below the poverty level.
    According to heart and stroke studies, smoking causes 75 percent of all coronary heart disease, OVER eighty percent of all lung cancers and second hand smoke causes bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma among children exposed to it.
    It smells really bad, makes your teeth yellow and is GROSS.

    Four out of five smokers say they want to quit ( if they are being honest). Each year 1.3 million Americans quit successfully.

    The saddest part of all of this, THREE THOUSAND , yes 3,000 young people START SMOKING EVERY DAY.

    Lung cancer has now outranked breast cancer as the leading cause of death among women.

    Now, no one can say " well I did not know that". People on this board are, for the most part, nurses. Set an example. Stop comparing smoking to eating a donut, drinking a beer, spitting on the sidewalk. For heaven's sake, see smoking for what it is . A KILLER.
  7. by   willie2001
    JMP, thank you for getting back to the point. That being, smoking is a killer. There is no rationalizing it. It's poison and it's been proven. Comparing it to anything else is pointless and ridiculous.
  8. by   Q.
    I could care less who smokes. It's a personal choice. But...DON'T smoke in the NON-smoking section of a restaurant and start a fight with me about personal rights, yadda yadda when I ask you to put your butt out.
    DON'T fling your butts outside at me. Put them in your ashtray! They stink up your car you say?? Well..they hit my head when I'm on the bike! Take responsibility for your own trash for god's sake!

    AND...I don't want to hear ad campaigns about how smokers "had no idea" that nicotine was addictive and a killer and wo is them.

    That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
  9. by   thisnurse
    the point is NOT that smoking is bad for you. yes ignorance does love company. thats evident when willie jumps in and gets back to the "point"



    Now, no one can say " well I did not know that"--are you kidding? where did anyone say they didnt know smoking was going to kill us. ive not seen one smokers post that says that. not one of us are debating the issue that smoking is killing us.


    maybe thats YOUR point.
    MY point is that my smoking IS NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS. MY POINT is that YOU have NO RIGHT to tell me that I can or can not smoke. You begin your post with an insult and then prove just how ignorant YOU are.
  10. by   JMP
    If it makes you feel better, this nurse, then stick with it. Your loss, not mine. :-)
  11. by   thisnurse
    and THAT jmp IS the point. its all im trying to say
  12. by   ohbet
    Sure nurses smoke cause of the stress,its a drug,its an addiction and from my perspective ,its also unethical,as we wouldnt encourage the practice to our patients so we shouldnt do it ourselves.Its not appropriate.
  13. by   night owl
    Call us what you may, ignorant fools, addicted fools whatever...I still enjoy a cigarette and I still have a right to smoke one. As long as I respect non smokers rights, I don't see how I'm bothering anyone. Maybe I shouldn't smoke in the bathroom, but I don't feel safe going outside at night alone. I do bring my can of air freshner when I go in to puff away and hey, I'm on the unit if something should happen. All they have to do is yell my name and I'm right there. I know that it's a stinkin, rotten, nasty, dirty, deadly habit, but I'm addicted! Don't you get it? I'm addicted like someone is addicted to morphine!!! It's not easy to quit for some people. Others it is. If they had a program that locks you away and dries you out like alcoholics, I'd be the first to admit myself, but they just don't have that kind of program and for the life of me, I don't know why. I need help to quit, I just can't quit on my own. I understand the non smokers point of view and respect their wishes, but at least try to understand ours...most of us would love to quit if we had the chance and the right kind of help. We are DRUG ADDICTS plain and simple. Don't tell me to go to Smoke Enders because I need to be in an inpatient program that's how addicted I am. I've smoked for, let's see...30 years now. It's hard to break a 30 year old habit without help. It's these young kids I'd like to kick in the a$$... They do it because it's cool??? 30 years ago I did it because it was cool. With all the information that has been fed to the public over the years, why would anyone start today? Now they are the fools!!! And I'm a bigger fool because I'M ADDICTED!...Ain't life grand???
    Last edit by night owl on Feb 12, '02

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