Smokers vs Non-smokers - page 2

:D Just wondering how many of ya'll health-conscious nurses smokes (tobacco products that is) :roll Just curious!... Read More

  1. by   Beach_RN
    I quit smoking about 9 months ago! I smoke for about 15 years! It has been difficult...... and believe me ........ I still crave one now and then...... especially when I am totally stressed out!

    I hope to never light up again!
  2. by   GailWHNP
    Originally posted by researchrabbit
    I had early aversion therapy. My mom smoked like a train, we took lots of car trips and I was always carsick! Associate that queasy feeling with cigarette smoke to this day.
    Hee, hee. The main incentive for my quitting was the harrassment from my kids when I lit up! It was either quit smoking or kill them.
  3. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    i quit nearly 5 years ago, after smoking for 7 years my biggest challenge was fighting with the weight gain

    did anyone else have this problem?
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    I quit 13 years ago....after a 23-year pack a day habit.
  5. by   aus nurse
    Originally posted by LoisJean
    You guys are so kewl! Gotta tell you-(only because it'll make me feel good sharing this with you)--I love my cigarettes and they love me. The more I love them the less I smoke them. When I hated them, I smoked them alot. Now that I love them and know that they love me, I hardly need them at all.

    Thanks for broaching the subject.


    I SMOKE!!!!

    I LOVE SMOKING......and that stops any willpower in stopping.
    Lois can't you tell my ciggies they aren't meant to love me so much since I lurve them
  6. by   LoisJean
    Oh, Aussie Nurse, it's a Zen Buddist thing- but one need not be Buddist to understand: No thing is needed if it is truly loved.
    It may be 'reverse psychology', I don't know and I don't care, but I am so serious--it really works for me. Since coming to believe this- (regarding cigarettes, for instance), I have found my desire and need for them to be less and less each day.

    Lois Jean
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    If you like to smoke, smoke, and if you like to surpress your desires, thats okay too! Smoking at the hospital is not always so cool. Sometimes very sick PT's want you to take them out to smoke and people standing outside in a hospital gown's w/IV pole and a peg smoking is not such a cool scene. Also, there are the visitors who make a mess of most smoking areas. Plus, since the hospital is a clean environment, if you smoke and go back to work, it's obvious you just smoked, via smell. I guess it would be cool to partition yourself from taking smoke breaks. But there is not much to do on a break. What are you gonna do for 10-15 minutes? I usually bring exciting food to feed on during my breaks. You don't hafta smoke at work, but you should let 10-15 minutes pass after you smoke before any PT contact, so they don't start asking you if it's okay for them to smoke. What are you gonna tell them?
  8. by   Hooligan
    I smoked for seven years and "quit" about 8 months ago...Occasionally, when I imbibe in a couple of adult libations I've been know to take a drag or two...but that's usually enough for me to get my "fix". I do plan on eventually quitting these little hits...but baby steps! I'm actually very proud of myself! I've tried so many times in the past...but I guess at the time I never really wanted to. This time I really wanted to quit...and when, on occasion, I want a puff...I take one...but I make sure it's because I want one and not that I need one...I guess that's still the smoker in me talking!

  9. by   panda_181
    My mom and dad both smoked and I remember deciding as a kid that I would never smoke. I haven't even tried it! My dad quit the year I graduated high school, and my mom "quit" last summer. She doesn't know I know she still smokes. She must think I'm stupid. Especially after you're not used to smelling it in your house for so long, you get a real nose for it when you do!

  10. by   formernurse
    Hats off to those of you who have been able to kick the habit. I know it is the hardest thing to stop. I finally quit after smoking heavy for about 35 years. A year later, was diagnosed with lung cancer. That was 4 years ago, and at the moment I am cancer free. If you are trying to quit, do whatever it takes to get off those crummy butts. You will feel much better.
  11. by   srose
    I was just about to start a thread about how many nurses or nursing students smoke, so it was funny when I logged on and there it was! I currently smoke, but my goal is to quit by the time I start my nursing classes in January. I had been curious as to how many nurses smoke, and whether they smoke at work or not. People have asked me how I can still smoke even after taking anatomy and physiology classes and having so much knowledge about what it can do you, but I even know doctors who smoke and I think people can get pretty good at separating themselves from their knowledge. Plus, it's an addiction, not always a rational choice! Although I still plan to quit, I'm sort of glad to see that I'm not the only one who is well aware of the facts but still can't help themselves!
  12. by   terrina
    I think it is interesting that staff who smoke ALWAYS get their breaks, even though other staff are too busy to even sit down for a minute to chart. I get shocked when people hand me their pager so they can go out to smoke on break and I haven't been able to go to the bathroom all shift.
  13. by   NativeButterfly
    I agree with Terrina. It is very frustrating to me to not get any break and yet there are staff members who always take a few breaks. Oh well. To answer the question...I do smoke cigars after I have indulged in a few adult beverages. But that is the only time I really smoke. Also, I know that Mario is concerned about the smell...I once knew a nurse that carried a small bottle of Febreeze and sprayed her uniform before she returned from smoking. It really did help alot.