We have 450 apartments where there are many people who, believe me, would not be safe smokers! They set smoke detectors off constantly just with their unsafe cooking practices!
We are a community that promotes health, and are a faith based community. We are not willing to risk burning the place down. I am not providing staff to "smoke" people. When you do that, it's never a convenient time, never often enough, etc. ~ been there and done that! We did have a resident who came to us end stage COPD, smoker from the minute she was here. She was on hospice, O2, not expected to make it. Now it is a year later and she is smoke free, O2 free, alert and oriented, off of hospice and enjoying her life here. We had another resident from a nearby facility who was temporarily placed with us and he was a smoker. I did turn my head when staff took him out to smoke. He had stated he wanted to stop, we got him a patch, but the urge was great. We assisted him with finding placement in a smoking facility.
Again, our job is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of the residents in our community. No one is forcing them to choose to live here! It reminds me of a friend who moved to a real upscale development. You were not allowed to hang out laundry there. She knew that from the beginning and yet she rallied and shouted and carried on about the fact she could not hang wash outside!?