I am a NS and the hospitals we do clinical at are non-smoking campuses. Because I am in the EVE/WE program, out clinicals are 12 hr shifts. I usually smoke on the way to work, during lunch and on the way home. I have altoids on hand at all times!
Back when my mom was a GN she actually started to smoke because only smoking nurses got breaks! Of course, she quit when she got PG with my sister. We joke about her now....because out of the blue she will take one of our smokes and smoke it and then not do it again for a year! LOL
Yes, we know that smoking is bad for us. Just like all the overweight nurses know how bad that is for them.
Not to justify the choice, but the reality is that only 15% of smokers develop lung cancer or emphysema. Nurses see that 15% and we (yes, the smokers too) think about how could someone do this to themselves. Denial is a powerful motivator.
IMHO, banning smoking from the workplace is justifiable. I have a personal issue with the "you can't smoke on campus" thing. It is a back door method of controlling the smoker. Would anyone think it fair for the hospital to say all overweight personnel are not allowed to eat on campus? They have to walk a 1/2 mi to get to a restaurant so that they can eat (shortening their lunch break). Heck it would be healthy for them to have to walk there and back.
There are employers who will NOT hire smokers at all. The employees are tested and if there is evidence of smoking, you are fired. They justify it with the money saved in medical insurance and the increased productivity of the employees. So, when one considers that obesity costs MORE than smokers....how far are we away from having weight requirements to be an employee?
Another thing that I think odd.... the medical community will think that a fellow medical person who became an addict has an illness. We look at the overweight and have empathy. Why is it that folks look at a smoker with hostility? Isn't that a tad hypocritical? Nicotine is addictive.
Climbing off soapbox! :spbox: