No more smoking at work - page 9

by NurseTrishaH

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while i understand that smoking is still legal in this country, and people have a right to smoke if they want to, i have to say that i love this policy. i really hate the smell of cigarette smoke on a person's clothing, breath,... Read More


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    Seriously, think about this policy.
    It is the begining of others controlling YOUR Entire life.
    Next they will fire you because someone says you smell like the onions or cheese burger you had for lunch.
    Just because someoe wants to make your day as misserable as theirs.

    This is the foot into the door for employers and governments to gain the ability to control your own private life at home.
    I have to smell Feces, Urine, Vomit, Rotted flesh and a multitude of chemicals while working and I dont ban the patients from my presence.

    If You can manage smelling those things 8-12 hours a day at work, You can live with the smell of cigarette smoke, perfume or the garlic bread a coworker had for lunch or dinner.

    What We do on Our unpaid breaks and at home is our private business.
    I feel like people making these policies are nothing more than Drama Queens who Dont perform well in their own jobs so they attempt to divert their bosses attention away from that fact by complaining about other people.
    sofla98 likes this.
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    Agree. This is about CONTROL. Many patients stink. Does this mean we kick them out? I smell smoke, bad breath, body odor on nurses. Not all, but some. Humans have odors whether they are patients or employees.
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    No, I really can't just suck it up and put up with the smell of perfume or cigarette smoke. My body won't let me. It's not a choice. One pt. had on such heavy perfume it sent me into respiratory distress; my co-worker thought she was going to have to call a rapid response for me.

    Smoke at home all you want. Just don't come in reeking of ciggies or perfume.
    Pipsqueak and Purple_Scrubs like this.
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    The smell of cheeseburger or BO has yet to be proven harmful to one's health. The odor of cigarette smoke has (third hand smoke). I know of several employee dress codes that address strong perfumes and colognes...is that any different?
    CrazierThanYou and elkpark like this.
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    Also, regarding the "what I do on my break is my business" argument...by that logic you should be able to go somewhere and do shots or take drugs on your breaks. Those actions have the potential to cause harm to others. So does smelling like cigarette smoke.
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    I too am sick and tired of the "big brother" mentality that hospital rule makers (and other companies, for that matter) have taken towards their employees. Signing a paper stating that you'll never have an abortion? What if you are raped by a man who has AIDS and missing a few chromosomes? Jees, talk about control!

    As far as the smoking issue goes, it is legal to smoke cigarettes (and in some states marijuana) in the U.S. Now, before someone jumps on me, I am in no way condoning smoking MARIJUANA before work...

    While I appreciate the policies that ban smoking on the hospital campus, what you do in your own free time (including on the way to work, as long as you are not using any mind altering substances) is your business, period.

    There are enough policies and procedures for nurses as it is. Many nurses and doctors smoke to relieve stress...sure beats drinking and popping a bunch of mommy's little helpers all day long.

    If you smoke, enjoy it and smoke. But, in all fairness, be considerate of others and avoid smelling like it. Roll down the window(s), put your scrubs on when you get to work, wear a hoodie on the way in...thats what I do

    And, BTW NO ONE knows or even suspects that I smoke. I smoke because I like to, it helps me unwind and wake up in the a.m. I'll quit when I want to, and that'll be that. It's no ones business unless you make it their business!
    PMFB-RN likes this.
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    On the contrary, it is in fact ILLEGAL to smoke marijuana in all 50 states. It is against Federal Law, and is thus illegal in all states and territories of the United States of America.

    Also, unless they've brought back indentured servitude, a hospital policy banning smoking/smokers does precisely JACK to your liberties, as you still retain the right to move on down the road to an employer that allows smoking/smokers.
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    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    On the contrary, it is in fact ILLEGAL to smoke marijuana in all 50 states. It is against Federal Law, and is thus illegal in all states and territories of the United States of America.

    Also, unless they've brought back indentured servitude, a hospital policy banning smoking/smokers does precisely JACK to your liberties, as you still retain the right to move on down the road to an employer that allows smoking/smokers.
    You're sort-of missing the big picture...

    BTW, indentured servitude has nothing to do with my response. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights took care of that many moons ago, thank God.
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    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    On the contrary, it is in fact ILLEGAL to smoke marijuana in all 50 states. It is against Federal Law, and is thus illegal in all states and territories of the United States of America. Also, unless they've brought back indentured servitude, a hospital policy banning smoking/smokers does precisely JACK to your liberties, as you still retain the right to move on down the road to an employer that allows smoking/smokers.
    You are WRONG in your assumption that it is illegal to smoke or use cannabis in all 50 states. Please review your U.S. history and constitution. If the federal gov't controlled the states, then yes, you have a point. While the feds can prosecute, harass, etc., they cannot "override" state laws that have been passed by the people of those states. That's about as basic as I can get in explaining it to you.
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    That's certainly pretty basic. And wrong.


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