One word says it all. This thread reminds of a long ago RN, who turned down a terminal pt.'s morphine drip 'cause "She can get addicted to it" Proably the same type nurses who lecture pt.s, who have terminal lung CA and still smoke. Duh, alittle late now to quit don't you think? Hospitals don't give alcoholics drinks? Maybe not, but, are mighty free with the Ativan, Xanax and so forth so they get a chem. buzz and then get hooked on the drugs and the etoh. I don't agree with ICU pts smoking. But, on a general floor, you have wasted an hour or more trying to convince someone of your beliefs, etc, while they could have gone, had a cig. and come back and in a lot better state of mind than getting more upset listening to why they can't, shouldn't and so on. Have not met a smoker yet that did not know that smoking was BAD for them. Jeez, your non-smokers and reformed smokers (who are the worst) remind us every freaking minute of every day. If I am in pain, sometimes a cig helps more than the pain meds. If I can't sleep, a cig helps me to relax. Instead of lying in a stange bed with all the loud noises going on, waiting for the lecturing non smoking nurse to get off his/her 15 min (read-30-45 min.) break or finish looking at the Avon or 3-4 scrub catalogs, to give me a pill that I know will not be effective for 30-45 min or a shot 15-30 mins (IM) I could have been outside, smoked, back in room, in bed, in less than 15 min. Give me a frigging break. Now, before you all start with the flames, self rightous, indiginant replies. I smoke, I am an RN, I have worked every area in a hospital that has nurses. EVERY Area. Has anyone ever picked up my pts when I went out for a cig.? NO! I have been a nurse since we autoclaved bedpans and urinals, used glass IV bottles w/ time tape, cleaned our own needles and so on. Have seen every kind of pt there is to see and have come to the conclusion that we as nurses are our own worst nightmare. Enuff said!!!!!!!!