i smoke, and wish i had never started, but its how it is.
my hospital is also a smoke free campus (meaning, we are supposed to be off the property to smoke if we so choose).
this poses a problem with some who choose to abuse their breaks, but in general its not really an issue where i work, on night shift anyway...
not ever getting to take a lunch, i average 5 minutes twice a night for a cigarette, equally ten minutes.
i pay on average 20 dollars more per pay for being a smoker.
i have not been to the doctor in years though...
it was recently revealed that a large health care company who owns half of the hospitals where i live will no longer be employing smokers.
this is fine and all, and i understand the reasoning behind this, but if this is the case, tobacco being legal and all, i think they should not hire overweight people either, seeming as how 75 percent of the people i take care of are obese or morbidly obese and their health issues mostly stem from that.
not hiring obese people and smokers would open up the job market a bit for all these new grads who cant seem to find jobs.
half of the people i work with are overweight, and the other half smoke.
if i ever do have to go to the doctor it will probably be due to my trying to reposition one of the 600 pound pts i frequently take care of, not from repositioning the 80 pound 3 pack a day copd'er.
at any rate, i do not think its fair to not hire anyone based on their personal choices if it does not effect their ability to do their job.
i pay for all this insurance that i never use, and i do not abuse my break(s)
insurance companies dont have to cover smokers. but it shouldnt matter if someone smokes as to whether they get hired or not