Smoking ban - page 2

:smokin: The healthcare corp I work for has decided to ban smoking at all of it's facilities.....no smoking by anybody, anywhere on the grounds.......No smoking for patients.....I actually think they... Read More

  1. by   wjf00
    I don't smoke and never have, but if you want to kill yourself without blowing smoke in my face, I think you have that right. Just don't do it in the stairwells. One hospital I worked at, got fined for someone leaving a butt in the stairwells.
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm pretty sure I mentioned this on one of the other many smoking threads . . but I visited my 10 year old nephew at UC Davis Medical Center when he was receiving chemo . . . headed out with my sis when she needed to smoke and walked down an outside stairwell littered with cigarette butts . . . simply everywhere. That was the "smoking section" for employees, I gathered. What a mess. The visitors smoked in front of the hospital under some trees - such a lovely sight to behold when you walk into the hospital.

    I couldn't help but think how ridiculous it was . . . my sister puffing away while her son lay upstairs exhausted and in pain from cancer.

    Like I said - I admit to not getting it. And being judgmental.

    steph
  3. by   plumrn
    Non-smoking facility here. I remember before the ban, I would come in for the evening shift all freshly bathed/shampooed, and after 30mins in the very small, report room with the door closed, and smokers all around, I would come out smelling like cigarettes. There was a virtual cloud when you entered the room. Got so mad when my first pt would ask if I smoked. After the ban, they remodeled our report room. The walls were white behind fixtures on the walls, and a terrible dingy yellow-brown elsewhere from all the nicotine they had been exposed to over time. We do have a smokers area outside, and I think that's only fair. It's not near an entrance, or under any windows.
  4. by   fergus51
    I think the real problem is the smell. I mean, we are not allowed to wear perfume, but smokers come in smelling to high heaven.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from fergus51
    I think the real problem is the smell. I mean, we are not allowed to wear perfume, but smokers come in smelling to high heaven.
    We have one nurse like that . . reminds me of the character "Pigpen" in the "Peanuts" comic strip. That cloud follows him everywhere. He puts his coat in the coffee room and as soon as you walk in there . . whew-it hits you in the face.

    Ok, enough bashing of smokers this morning . . . time to do some housework!

    steph
  6. by   veteranRN
    I remember going to the hospital to deliver my fourth child and the smell of the nurse was sooooo offensive. The smell of smoke really nauseated me. I can understand what patients must feel.
  7. by   Gomer
    I smoke and don't want to quit, but I understand the rule. If you hospital is under JCAHO regulations and/or if you are in a non-smoking state, such as California, it's the law. JCAHO requires non-smoking environments and also has a rule about smoking within 25 feet of building entrances. In California not only can't we smoke in workplaces and public or private buildings, but now some cities are placing non-smoking bans on the beaches.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    good----no smoking on beaches would work for me.... nothing worse than cig butts littering our beaches. so many dont' bother to clean up their butts. it's disgusting.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Gomer
    I smoke and don't want to quit, but I understand the rule. If you hospital is under JCAHO regulations and/or if you are in a non-smoking state, such as California, it's the law. JCAHO requires non-smoking environments and also has a rule about smoking within 25 feet of building entrances. In California not only can't we smoke in workplaces and public or private buildings, but now some cities are placing non-smoking bans on the beaches.
    Well Gomer . . .I guess I'd better get out the measuring tape because that bench outside the ER doors with the smokers on it sure isn't 24 feet from the entrance.

    steph from California
  10. by   smk1
    just as an example when i was in early labor in the hospital the nurse that was assigned to me smelled like smoke so bad that every time she entered the room i started heaving and vomiting. I finally told her i thought it was the smell of smoke (all through my pregnancy smells were very hard on me) she apologized and switched assignments which was very nice of her! sometimes smokers i think really don't realize that to others who aren't used to the smell it can really wreak havoc with allergies, colds and in my case during pregnancy my stomach. I think the patch idea sounds good, that way the smokers hopefully won't have the withdrawals while at work, and the nonsmokers hopefully will have less of the "odor" to deal with.
  11. by   smk1
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    good----no smoking on beaches would work for me.... nothing worse than cig butts littering our beaches. so many dont' bother to clean up their butts. it's disgusting.
    i SOOOO agree with this! i was in puerto vallarta last year and was STUNNED at the amount of cig butts on the beach! on the most popular beaches they were literally EVERYWHERE! its sad because the pristine beauty of the beaches is being destroyed. (by other things as well, but the cig. butts doesn't help)
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from smkoepke
    sometimes smokers i think really don't realize that to others who aren't used to the smell it can really wreak havoc with allergies, colds and in my case during pregnancy my stomach. .
    It probably has something to do with the decreased sense of smell that has been proven to happen in smokers.
  13. by   Gomer
    Quote from stevielynn
    Well Gomer . . .I guess I'd better get out the measuring tape because that bench outside the ER doors with the smokers on it sure isn't 24 feet from the entrance.

    steph from California
    Well, hopefully JCAHO wont be visiting there soon. During a JCAHO survey last year one of our local hospitals had their EVS department circulating the hospital grounds in search of cig. butts. Smoking is a big NO-No for JCAHO inside or outside of any hospital they survey.

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