Smoking Policy- What do you think?? - page 4

Okay guys. I really need to know what you all think about this. I learned today that as of July 1, the facility for which I work is going to be totally tobacco free. By this I mean that tobacco... Read More

  1. by   Q.
    Katscan,
    I am disgusted by smoking as much as you, but you gave me such vivid images of it, I think am going to throw-up.
  2. by   CANRN
    Originally posted by katscan
    Smoking is dirty and disgusting. My opinion only. I have every right to walk in somewhere and not leave with someone's smelly smoke in my hair and in my lungs. A hospital should be smoke-free. again, my oinion, and I don'at want anyone to flame me for my opinion. I literally gag when I am around a smoker-people don't realize how gross it makes them smell--not to mention the wrinkles and lip rings, muddy complexions and yellow fingers. How 'bout those smokers who squash their butts in food and coffee?? Yuck!!
    You took the words right from my keyboard!

    I'm a quitter, and proud of it, the smell of smoke repulses me. I get physically sick to my stomach and a massive headache! It has gotten so bad, I went to my doctor because I thought it was 'in my head' type thing. He told me no, it's not a psycho thing, I'm just very sensitive to certain smells and smoke is one of them.

    When I'm at work and an entire family comes in with smoke on them, and I have to enter that room to check on or do something with their loved one and my patient, it's hard! Have you ever opened the closet door of your patient to retrieve something from their suitcase and about pass out from the smell?? :imbar
  3. by   cwazycwissyRN
    At our facility if someone goes to their car to smoke, some would wonder exactly what they are smoking:roll To have to clock out if you take your break in the alloted 15 min break time, seems alittle harsh....regardless of where you have to go to smoke
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by CANRN
    You took the words right from my keyboard!

    When I'm at work and an entire family comes in with smoke on them, and I have to enter that room to check on or do something with their loved one and my patient, it's hard! Have you ever opened the closet door of your patient to retrieve something from their suitcase and about pass out from the smell?? :imbar
    Think YOU have it bad? NOW imagine being a SICK person, stuck in bed with a health care worker coming to take care of you, smelling like this. THIS is why I think smoking, perfume, strong cleaning solvent smells, that AWFUL LIME ROOM DEODORANT, and other noxious odors SHOULD ALWAYS BE BANNED in the patient care areas, period. IMAGINE how awful it would be to be sick and subjected to such foul odors. Yes, policies tightly controlling odors really need to be in place to protect our patient population....it's long overdue.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by katscan
    Smoking is dirty and disgusting. My opinion only. I have every right to walk in somewhere and not leave with someone's smelly smoke in my hair and in my lungs. A hospital should be smoke-free. again, my oinion, and I don'at want anyone to flame me for my opinion. I literally gag when I am around a smoker-people dom't realize how gross it makes them smell--not to mention the wrinkles and lip rings, muddy complexions and yellow fingers. How 'bout those smokers who squash their butts in food and coffee?? Yuck!!
    THAT little visual really did turn my stomach. UGH. Thanks, not. lol.
  6. by   CANRN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Think YOU have it bad? NOW imagine being a SICK person, stuck in bed with a health care worker coming to take care of you, smelling like this. THIS is why I think smoking, perfume, strong cleaning solvent smells, that AWFUL LIME ROOM DEODORANT, and other noxious odors SHOULD ALWAYS BE BANNED in the patient care areas, period. IMAGINE how awful it would be to be sick and subjected to such foul odors. Yes, policies tightly controlling odors really need to be in place to protect our patient population....it's long overdue.
    OH that crossed my mind many times!! I agree totally.
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    I can smell cigarette smoke at the first whiff. Must be a sixth sense I have
    Don't mistake your own senses! Chemo and olfactory receptors protect our life, and when someone talks about their sense of smell, I like to chime in and try to learn. (joking) if you don't like any smell, you should just take PO phenergan 25mg, right? Side effects from life cause certain side effects, and this antiemetic will cool you out and yule be all right :-( sorry

    Nursing School Druid
  8. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I just want to say that I DO NOT agree with smokers smoking at entrances. I think the designated areas need to be used. However to designate someone to go to their cars seems a bit harsh. It doesn't really apply in my hospital, as it is small and the parking lot is close. But I have worked in hospitals where it takes 10 minutes alone just to get to your car. Also, for those who smoke in their cars, it just makes them reek of smoke that much more.
    I will agree that my statement about the public not being ready for these types of policies sounded stupid. I meant the great number of the population that do choose to smoke. Alas, it did sound stupid, lol.
    I won't go into my view of smoking otherwise. There was a thread just a few weeks ago on this topic. Things are just being repeated here. I commend those who don't smoke. I really commend those who have quit! And I agree, when I was a non-smoker, the smell gagged me. It's amazing how it smells good to me now!
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    There was a thread just a few weeks ago on this topic. Things are just being repeated here.
    And what's wrong with that? I could point out numerous and repetitive eye candy, word association, and goofy poll threads.

    And maybe the 10 minute walk to your car and the fact that you smell like an ashtray when you emerge should serve as a little, oh, I don't know, INCENTIVE.

    Heather
  10. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    And what's wrong with that? I could point out numerous and repetitive eye candy, word association, and goofy poll threads.

    And maybe the 10 minute walk to your car and the fact that you smell like an ashtray when you emerge should serve as a little, oh, I don't know, INCENTIVE.

    Heather
    I honestly didn't mean what I said as a flame or whatever. I simply meant that *I* don't want to re-state my opinions on the matter any more than what I already said. As far as the incentive... I don't know what it will take to give me that extra push, but I don't think smelling more like an ashtray would. I wish it were that easy.
    Oh, and please keep the repetetive threads on the eye candy coming.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Shandy, you have to WANT to quit. You can do it, but it has to be for the right reasons and you have to REALLY be motivated. I wish you well in your quest to quit one day. I have been there; ex-smoker from age 17 to 25. I am never sorry I quit; only sorry I was silly enough to ever start. I can give you pointers that worked very well for me, if you ever wish. Take care.
  12. by   SharkLPN
    Count me in with the group who has to plow through a cloud of smoke to get in their building. Not only do the smokers stand right at the employee entrance, they stand directly in front of it. And don't move out of the way when you're trying to get in. Nice. Shouldn't they be doing final rounds on their pts before the shift ends anyway?

    I don't leave the floor for 15 minutes every hour to drink my pop or have a snack, so why should smokers get paid to do the same for their habit? Though I doubt my co-workers would actually clock out every time they left the unit; they'd get written up for being off the floor so much.
  13. by   Sable's mom
    Don't want to add fuel to the fire, but I think it's a law in my state (MI) that all health care facilities be smoke free. I can remember the last time I worked in a hospital that allowed smoking - it was in nursing school and I hated walking into the cafeteria and breathing all that smoke.
    Anyway, I think that in our facility you have had to go to your car to smoke or out the ER doors and across the street (patients' smoking area) I always figured that if someone was so desperate for a smoke that they would walk 50 feet, stand in the snow bank at -20, they were VERY addicted.

    We offer gum/patches to our patients.

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