Smoking nurses - page 2

I am not a nurse yet, but my sister-in-law is and she smokes. I smoke as well and would like to quit before even starting my classes. I heard that "you can't be a nurse unless you smoke". I feel like... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by BadBird
    We all have are demons, smokers do get sick more often,
    I don't condem anyone for their poor habbits , I just stay downwind.
    Maybe you have demons, and all that quackery. Is your demon also responsible for you jumping on a bandwagon?

    I like when you say "down-wind" because it reminds me of being at the rifle range. :-)
  2. by   renerian
    Been that long since I smoked. Smoking is my business and no one elses.

  3. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by BadBird
    I am not a smoker, never was. We all have are demons to fight, mine is food. I work with several nurses who don't smoke and several who do, it seems that the smokers do get sick more often.
    Since I never smoked, I don't know that feeling of addiction but I once had a patient who was a ex heroin user tell me that it was easier to quit heroin than cigarettes. I don't condem anyone for their poor habbits but I have to say that you can smell a smoker a mile away, I have severe allergies and sometimes I just go into a sneezing fit that won't stop when I smell them, perfume does it to me also. I realize that it isn't a smokers fault that I am allergic but it isn't mine either. I do try to coexist peacefully, I just stay downwind.
    Are we sisters?
  4. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    By Renarian
    Been that long since I smoked. Smoking is my business and no one elses.
    I quit on about 10 times in the span of 2-3 years. It didn't work until I made it a point not to tell anyone around me that I was quitting.

    Smoking is clearly related to peer pressure. That is an excellent policy Renarian.

    Uhhmm..............23 weeks huh

    You know that makes me think of tobacco being teratogenic.
  5. by   renerian
    Peeps I did not know your an ex smoker! How long has it been? You know I still am craving that darn stuff....................I liked smoking I just have asthma and I knew it was best for me to quit. Plus my dr. blackmailed me into quitting LOL. I know she cares.

  6. by   N2bate
    Delaware recently passed legislation banning smoking in ALL indoor public places.....other states are considering such action for future ballots. Virginia is days away from major tax hike (at least 50% higher than current tax) on tobacco products to ease the states funding woes.
    Yep, you're correct, smoking may in fact be your business but as noted above, I get a say at the ballot box.....any guess on which way I vote?
  7. by   renerian
    People can say not to smoke inside but geeze we have a judge been picked up 8 times for DUI. Convicted once the other charges droped. Who knows why. Seems alcohol should be a more likely target LOL.

    I don't smoke anymore but I think smoking inside is fine especially in a bar or bowling alley.


  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am against the gov't legislating smoking in bars and bowling alleys. I hate smoking more than anything but I don't think it is right to take away all the places that a person can enjoy a smoke. It IS their choice......and in places like this, they should be able to have the freedom to do so.

    But in a hospital where allergies abound (some quite marked), I think things like smoke, perfume and other noxious odors should be controlled tightly. the patient has not the choice to "move downwind" when someone who has just smoked drags the odor in the room with them.
  9. by   Peeps Mcarthur

    Yea, smoking and drinking just seem to go together. I draw the line at smoking in other public places. Smoking in restaurants for example, just defies the boundaries of civilized behavior. I never did that back in the day whaen it was universaly accepted to do so. I always felt bad for the nonsmokers.

    I think I've been a nonsmoker about 7-8 years. My motivation was the desire to be master over my health choices, but the deciding event that put it into action happened 2 years after I met my wife. I found her one day, after I went out on the porch to smoke, crying in the back bedroom. She was agonizing over the likelyhood that I woud die just as her father did, of emphysema. She said she didn't want to try and make me stop because she had fallen in love with me for better or worse and she didn't want me to feel she bore the burden herself in secret.

    I quit that day. The cravings are never as bad as that!
  10. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    From Smilingblueyes
    But in a hospital where allergies abound (some quite marked), I think things like smoke, perfume and other noxious odors should be controlled tightly.
    An odor can most definitely be a trigger for severe bronchoconstriction.

    I have seen it happen.

    Good point.
  11. by   katieRNlove
    First of all, i think if you want to quit stay away from other smokers for a couple days, there is nothing worse than trying to quit smoking and watching someone else smoke in front of you. Second i really think that if you are going to quit you have to really want to, not just because you are a nurse or someone else says you should. Everyone i have ever talked to says that one day they just woke up and didn't want to smoke anymore. You have to do it just for you not anything else.
  12. by   BadBird
    Gee Mario,

    I don't think I am on a bandwagon, are you?
  13. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I realize that it is very unpleasant for non smokers to smell the smoke on smokers, and I try very hard to be considerate, especially when I am aware of allergies, etc... however, as much as I can see the valid point about smokers not smoking while working at the hospital, I cant in reality see myself just saying "well even though I have a 1 1/2 pack a day habit, I will go 12 hours without a smoke", even if it IS better for everyone else. I just can't do it. I'm not saying that it isnt wrong, but I just cant. I guess if I were going to work without smoking, I would have to commute without smoking, and for that matter, not smoke after I showered and got ready for work, and also not smoke at all on the nights when I am on call for work, even though I may not get called in. If I were going to do that, then I may as well just quit smoking all together, and I am just not ready to do that right now. That is why I do my best to try to wear lab coats and stay in a well ventilated area that will help the smell not stick so badly, and then wash very well afterwords.... it is the best I can do. I completely understand everyone's views on not smoking at work, and in all actuality think it is a good idea, but it is just not feasible for me.