Smoking - page 4

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  1. by   tris
    Ok, bad as I hate yes I do smoke---not that I like it---but a very bad habit to break---I hate the way it smells , hate dirty ashtrays and do my best for no-one to smell it on me--not to mention the cost and what it is doing to my health, so----hopefully someday I will kick the nasty habit.
    Disguting smoking nurse!!!!!!
  2. by   shrek
    As long as non-smokers don't have to breath it...it's your body. There are defnitely no re-deeming factors to smoking. I never have smoked ...and I cannot think of any reason whatsoever I would ever smoke. We won't go into the long list of health reasons not to smoke, just suffice it to say even those of you who do smoke...it's a nasty habit. I am sure I will get static for this, I am entitled to my opinion.
  3. by   jadednurse
    No static shrek...you are right...it is a disgusting habit. And this is coming from a smoker!

    I understand the frustration of non-smokers who feel like smokers take more breaks. But, even back when I didn't smoke, I've always felt that you should manage to take your breaks no matter what. I realize on rare occasion it's impossible, but somehow you should make that the exception rather than the norm. I find I need that 10 or 15 minutes away from the chaos of the unit. I just function better that way!
  4. by   healingtouchRN
    I have some staff (prn's) who go out hourly!!!! & we work about a 3-4 minute walk from the smoking area! so add that up! But what to do? in this day & age of people going else where, we are strapped for help, & prn's do cover alot of shifts, if I council them, they get pissed off & dont' come in......I just have to grit my teeth, sometimes I go out with them. even though I am itchy to get back in & see who is climbing over the rails!
  5. by   Cheyenne RN,BSHS
    Breaks? I would love one. I smoke and work 12 hour shifts. I am so busy that time off the floor is rare. I can't even get caught up enough to take a meal break yet.

    I find that if I smoke one in the morning and one in the late afternoon that I am doing good. I can't afford to get behind on things, so rather than have it be an issue I wear the nicotine patch the days I work.

    With the patch I am not as edgy or irritable. When I do smoke I put on a jacket and then remove it when I return to the unit. I wash my hands and use a body spray with a nice fruity scent and listerine breath things for my breath. I try to be considerate of those who do not smoke or care for the smell.

    I also go outside to smoke for all of that 5-8 minutes. I wear a timer so I am not off the unit even a full break time and then the non-smokers won't have anything to say.

    I find the opposite complaint for me. I wish I had the time to have a meal, or even that full 15 minute break, without being called back for a patient.
  6. by   Cath Lab RN
    Interesting that you have 5 yes and 3 no's to your smoking ?. No I don't smoke and No it isn't for any of the polled reasons. The #1 killer of both men and women in this country is heart disease. Once again nurses misssed the boat. Look around at the MD's rarely do you find one that smokes. The #1 thing we say to all our cath lab & stress lab patients is YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP THE BUTTS!!!! I really should not be saying tha because I would be out of a job. More to the point , when are we going to start taking proper care of ourselves?
  7. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by Cath Lab RN
    Interesting that you have 5 yes and 3 no's to your smoking ?.
    Interesting point. I suppose the smoker in me subliminally skewed the poll...
  8. by   nursechris1
    My husband's ex wife holds a cigarette in one hand, and her nebulizer tx in the other, how smart is that?
  9. by   Caitlin's Mommy
    I am not a smoker allthough I did try it one time. It just was not for me.I thought I would cough up my lungs,it took me about three minutes to quit gagging.Besides the health risks ,the coast alone is a great motivation to keep me away from them

    I don't have anything against people who smoke as long as they are an adult,not pregnate,and don't blow the smoke in my face I'm happy.

    I can somewhat understand why some nurses would smoke.I think it helps relieve stress some what in my opinion.I'm a CNA and while I do have a somewhat stressfull job,I think nurses have it ten times more stressfull.If I had to put up with alot ungratefull patients all day on top of getting blamed for a doctors mistake ,working long hours,and then only get paid anywhere from 17.00 to 25.00 an hour I'm not so sure I would still be a non-smoker.
    Last edit by Caitlin's Mommy on Jun 16, '03
  10. by   xited2bnurse
    I have been wanting to quit. Need to quit, but once again, the smoke break is the only way to get away for a few minutes and say hi to other workers. Be thankful for each day, we may not have another one.



    I hope you and the other nurses really try your hardest to quit. I smoked for about 15 years and finally quit when I became pregnant. It's been 5 great smoke free years. I watched my father in law die of throat canccer while I was pregnant which probably kept me from smoking again. I tell ya, if you saw how you can very realistically DIE because of those sick disgusting cancer sticks that make those companies rich! I think you would quit. Don't let those cigarette companies get rich off you dieing. You really could live longer if you quit. If you love life then quit, as hard as it is. Oh, It did take awhile to get used to being a non smoker. It was hard during breaks etc, but the longer I was smoke free the better it was, and now.........IT'S GREAT
    GOOD LUCK
  11. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by xited2bnurse
    II tell ya, if you saw how you can very realistically DIE because of those sick disgusting cancer sticks that make those companies rich! I think you would quit. \
    DO YOU THINK THOSE OF US THAT HAVE BEEN NURSES FOR SOME TIME HAVEN'T SEEN THE DEVASTATION THAT SMOKING CAN CAUSE? OF COURSE WE HAVE, AND YET FOR SOME OF US EVEN THAT DOESN'T MAKE US ABLE TO QUIT JUST YET!
  12. by   Soldiersnurse
    I also began smoking just to get a "break". That was 6 years ago. It was the only way to get my "fifteen minutes"--I'm slowly trying to wean myself off of them. It's not an easy thing to do. Now I associate time away from the floor with cigarettes, it's a hard habit to break.
  13. by   allways_garnet
    Oh god, I am wracked with guilt, every time I get back on the ward from a quick break I sit beside my oldtimers who are struggling to breathe with their obstructive pulmonary disease and I can feel the constriction of my own tissues as they fight the chemicals I have just dragged through them. On other days I give chemo to people who have puffed merrily for 30 or so years, or if they are really unfortunate, maybe only 10 yrs or so. On other days I set up NIV for people who can barely draw breath because of Type 2 Respiratory failure, and then some nights I titrate their BiPap so that they get the most out of it they can.
    Through all this I continue to puff happily, knowing that I will one day be in the same situation, if I am lucky I may escape the MI and the coronary stents but I have a feeling I wont. Some of us are just unlucky. Yes we have free Quitlines here, but still that doesn'y help me throw these ugly sticks in the bin, addiction is harder for some of us to deal with than it is for others, and I for one am hopelessly adddicted to this rubbish. It would please me immensely if someone would just ban the damn stuff. But then, our healthcare sysytem would go to pot ( so to speak), the revenue gained from smokers helps to pay my wages, so catch 22 aint it !!

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