Stupid q's: Has smoking cigarettes kept you from getting a job?

  1. 2 Do any of you smoke cigarettes? And has it kept you from getting a job?
  2. Visit  mls4455 profile page

    About mls4455

    From 'Denver, CO, US'; Joined Sep '12; Posts: 47; Likes: 12.

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  3. Visit  llg profile page
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    I don't smoke. But I work for a hospital that won't hire people who do. Prospective employees have to pass a nicotene lab test before being hired.
    RunnerRN2015, Marshall1, Tracy1275, and 4 others like this.
  4. Visit  MySonIsAdorable profile page
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    Yeah I have run into this. I am actually trying to quit just passed my nclex so I know I need to quit now, excuse after excuse I give myself, nursing school, nclex, what next? a new job...gotta do it soon.

    I went to 2 nursing homes that wont allow smokers, makes sense even though it wasn't fun for me! They don't want to supply health benefits for someone who smokes, that makes sense. They don't want to have their employees smoking, smelling like smoke...that makes sense too. I guess they are just trying to protect themselves from extra expenses.
    lindarn likes this.
  5. Visit  mls4455 profile page
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    Whoa they do that? Guess I need to quit!
  6. Visit  mls4455 profile page
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    Quote from MySonIsAdorable
    Yeah I have run into this. I am actually trying to quit just passed my nclex so I know I need to quit now, excuse after excuse I give myself, nursing school, nclex, what next? a new job...gotta do it soon.

    I went to 2 nursing homes that wont allow smokers, makes sense even though it wasn't fun for me! They don't want to supply health benefits for someone who smokes, that makes sense. They don't want to have their employees smoking, smelling like smoke...that makes sense too. I guess they are just trying to protect themselves from extra expenses.

    I do the same thing, I always say this will be my last pack but I'm always right back at the store buying more.
  7. Visit  eatmysoxRN profile page
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    I've seen that employers won't hire smokers. Next they'll do a FLP and set limits for your cholesterol.
    nursingilove and AngelicDarkness like this.
  8. Visit  AngelicDarkness profile page
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    Quote from llg
    I don't smoke. But I work for a hospital that won't hire people who do. Prospective employees have to pass a nicotene lab test before being hired.
    Can they do that? I thought that would be discrimination?
  9. Visit  Mama_Cashew profile page
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    Quote from AngelicDarkness
    Can they do that? I thought that would be discrimination?
    Smokers aren't a protected class.
    opossum, nyteshade, lindarn, and 4 others like this.
  10. Visit  Dazglue profile page
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    My employer is a smoke-free facility and will hire smokers. However, they require a nicotine test for all employees yearly and smokers have to pay a higher premium for insurance.
    opossum, Tracy1275, and lindarn like this.
  11. Visit  modgoth1 profile page
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    What happens if you quit smoking cigarettes but still use the patch, gum, or e-cigs? They all have nicotine in them.
    lindarn likes this.
  12. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    Trend to not hire smokers started about 2004-2005 due to concerns for employee health and increased employer insurance premiums:

    Nursing and smoking....can it hinder your career?

    Totally Smoke-Free Facility and Grounds?

    LTC: Smoking
    a.Cute.Exacerbation likes this.
  13. Visit  JZ_RN profile page
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    I wish they'd fire the smokers at my workplace and not hire any more. Not 'cause I hate smokers (though the smell is just disgusting, true) but because I don't care to be stuck with all your hardest work at the most inopportune times because you have to go take a "smoke break" while I never get any break at all, not even to pee! I also get tired of them whining about contributing to unit activities they voted to participate in. That 5 bucks we ask is less than a pack of cigarettes and you said you wanted to be involved..
    rubato, RunnerRN2015, monkeybug, and 5 others like this.
  14. Visit  RNJHUPHL profile page
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    I started to see that requirement and talked to some of my instructors who smoked. Where I live my state is an at will employer/employee state so in essence these practices are allowed. I am still debating whether it is right. BTW, I don't smoke and never tried but I don't know if I'm in the business of forcing others to stop something that may or may not kill them. We don't arrest diabetics so why are we doing this to smokers? This also brings to mind the abuse charges to parents with overweight kids. There are chubby kids who eventually lean out when they get older does this mean that the parents are at fault if they truly are raising a healthy child?
    toekneejo likes this.

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