Smoking Policy- What do you think?? - page 5

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   laurako
    My facility has the same policy, that in order to smoke, the employees must leave the premisis, and clock out. In doing this, we have found, is does not deter the smokers from smoking, but it does make the employees returning to the facililty lower. Many get in their cars, drive away,take a longer than 5 minute break, have flat tires, and wrecks. The employees then cannot come back to work. Smoking is a choice, a place should be provided regardless. P.S. I don't smoke.
  2. by   Nurse Izzy
    I'm a recent ex-smoker and have always been sensitive to smoke. I have always hated it, even though I smoked. When I did, I NEVER smoked on clinical days until after I had left the hospital - it is just not fair to the patient to have to smell my stink. I hate seeing a staff member walking in to the hospital, dressed in scrubs, badges, etc., so it's impossible to disguise the fact they work there, with a cig. hanging out of their mouth. It's the most unprofessional, disgustig thing I've ever seen (and I was a smoker when I first saw this and was repulsed!)

    As to smoking areas, if public buildings can go smoke free then why shouldn't hospitals be able to do the same?
  3. by   tattooednursie
    I don't think its right at all! I mean If you have to go out to your car . . . fine! but having to clock out is rediculous!

    In my facility employees should go out back to smoke. We have a very crappy looking break area that just creeps me out at night. The dumpster is back there, there are big funny looking powerpoles, and the cement is all cracked. I just go back there and smoke when it's light out. After dark I smoke by the front entrance which is very nice looking.

    maybe that new policy is to prevent some of the lazy butts who feel the need to have a break every half hour.
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    Well, I didn't think people were serious when they said some employers expect them to clock out to smoke. I still can't imagine what a workplace with adults would be like under those conditions. Many people would be irritated, either way.

    I'd charge a fee to anyone who wanted to have a cigarette, and the money would go for negative pressure areas w/power air scrubbers. The would be an in/out door, and to get in, yewd hafta have a card (print). At the exit would be mints and frebreeze and moist towelettes for your hands. $0.50 per entry.

    People would still smoke in front of the entrance because it's part of their behavior :-( I'm sorry
  5. by   tiger
    Last edit by tiger on Feb 5, '03
    Originally posted by FutureRN_Mandi
    ]After dark I smoke by the front entrance which is very nice looking.

    Yeah, and I'm sure it continues to look nice when you loiter in front of the building polluting the air.

    Sorry, I won't click the link again. Curiosity killed the cat.

  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    Yeah, and I'm sure it continues to look nice when you loiter in front of the building polluting the air.

    Sorry, I won't click the link again. Curiosity killed the cat.

    Yea smelly stinky clouds of smoke and herds of people puffing them ALWAYS enhance the entryway. NOT...rofl.:roll
  8. by   MoJoeRN,C
    I think it's interesting that facilities can, due to government pressure/funding/JCAH etc, make a building non smoking and designate areas, or not designate areas, where smoking is allowed. If they had in their policy that "smokers had to stand out side the building in the wind, rain, snow etc to get their fix, the hospital would probably lose a class action suit. So what do smokers do, the take it upon their selves to stand out in the inclement weather to get their fix. As an ex-smoker, I resented the times, because I didn't smoke anymore, I was left to take care of the unit while the smokers got their many mini-breaks to smoke, usually 2-3 cigarettes. At that time I thought that clocking out would help keep the help on the units where they were needed except for the lunch and 2 15 minute breaks allowed.
  9. by   CCL"Babe"
    My hospital is smoke free. You must cross the street to smoke. You are not allowed to get in your car and smoke if it is in the employee lot. Patients and visitors can not smoke either. This policy went into effect several months ago. I have not noticed it cutting back on co-workers smoking, they're just gone longer. I do not see patients or visitors smoking any more.

    As far as the fragrance free queston, I would vote for it. I am an asthmatic and some perfumes can trigger a severe attack. I was unable to perform a scheduled test on a patient because I could not be in the same room with her. One of my co-workers was kind enough to switch assignments. I have had to leave lectures and the gym because of people bathing in their perfume/cologne.
  10. by   nursedawn67
    The health system I work for does not allow smoking on the grounds neither. All the smokers have to go smoke in their vehicles.
  11. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by greer128
    The health system I work for does not allow smoking on the grounds neither. All the smokers have to go smoke in their vehicles.
    Also they have offered free smoking cessation classes for staff and any residents at the nursing home that smoke to help them quit.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    There is a local hospital here which has been smoke-free for about 5 years. People grumbled at first but it still is in effect and working.

    My small hospital doesn't allow smoking by staff or patients either. If you are well enough to walk outside and smoke, you are well enough to be discharged is the philosophy here too. However the smoking areas are ridiculous. One is right outside the ER doors . ..a nice bench and bin to dispose of their cigarettes. This is the way most of the staff enters the hospital and I hate to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to work (not to mention the ER patients). The other is right outside a door which is across from the kitchen/cafeteria and our LTC facility. There are patients lined up in the hall waiting to get into the cafeteria who are bombarded with smoke each time the door opens. As you walk to the cafeteria to eat, you smell the lovely scent of cigarettes.

    I recently visited my 10 year old nephew, who is in UC Davis for chemo. As I left the hospital, I had to walk down some outside stairs that were littered, just littered with cigarette butts. So fun to walk on and even though there were no smokers there are that time, the place reeked. That's just downright rude.

    And no amount of washing of hands can take the smell of tobacco from a smoker.
  13. by   igloorn93
    I am not a smoker, nor have I ever been a smoker, but I have to say your hospital is being way to harsh to those who do smoke. Our hospital has a designated smoking area that is not a main entrance to the building. The only reason that entrance is used is to get to the smoking area. That being said, another hospital that I worked at had a similar set up, smoking away from traffic entrances and they put a ban on smoking anywhere on the premises... Including in one's car. You also couldn't walk to the street corner and smoke there as the hospital owned all the property for 4 blocks. This is still being strickly enforced, they have extra security on staff just to 'catch' smokers. What a waste of hospital resourses. I agree with trying to promote healthy lifestyles etc, but some things are taken too far, and your hospital is taking it's smoking policy waaay too far. Good luck to all of you. Here's an interesting thought, are they willing to pay for cesation methods such as the patch or wellbutrin for employees who would like to quit? I bet not. Honest guys, I am NOT a smoker, but sympathize with those that do. They just don't have it fair sometimes.