Stupid q's: Has smoking cigarettes kept you from getting a job?

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by mls4455 mls4455 (Member)

Do any of you smoke cigarettes? And has it kept you from getting a job?

llg

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 45 years experience. 13,469 Posts

I don't smoke. But I work for a hospital that won't hire people who do. Prospective employees have to pass a nicotene lab test before being hired.

MySonIsAdorable

MySonIsAdorable

137 Posts

Yeah I have run into this. I am actually trying to quit just passed my nclex so I know I need to quit now, excuse after excuse I give myself, nursing school, nclex, what next? a new job...gotta do it soon.

I went to 2 nursing homes that wont allow smokers, makes sense even though it wasn't fun for me! They don't want to supply health benefits for someone who smokes, that makes sense. They don't want to have their employees smoking, smelling like smoke...that makes sense too. I guess they are just trying to protect themselves from extra expenses.

mls4455

mls4455

43 Posts

Whoa they do that? Guess I need to quit!

mls4455

mls4455

43 Posts

Yeah I have run into this. I am actually trying to quit just passed my nclex so I know I need to quit now, excuse after excuse I give myself, nursing school, nclex, what next? a new job...gotta do it soon.

I went to 2 nursing homes that wont allow smokers, makes sense even though it wasn't fun for me! They don't want to supply health benefits for someone who smokes, that makes sense. They don't want to have their employees smoking, smelling like smoke...that makes sense too. I guess they are just trying to protect themselves from extra expenses.

I do the same thing, I always say this will be my last pack but I'm always right back at the store buying more.

eatmysoxRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg,Cardiac. Has 1 years experience. 728 Posts

I've seen that employers won't hire smokers. Next they'll do a FLP and set limits for your cholesterol.

AngelicDarkness

AngelicDarkness

Specializes in geriatrics, IV, Nurse management. Has 7 years experience. 365 Posts

I don't smoke. But I work for a hospital that won't hire people who do. Prospective employees have to pass a nicotene lab test before being hired.

Can they do that? I thought that would be discrimination?

Can they do that? I thought that would be discrimination?

Smokers aren't a protected class.

Dazglue, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 8 years experience. 380 Posts

My employer is a smoke-free facility and will hire smokers. However, they require a nicotine test for all employees yearly and smokers have to pay a higher premium for insurance.

SoundRN7

SoundRN7

Specializes in Psych/AOD. Has 6 years experience. 291 Posts

What happens if you quit smoking cigarettes but still use the patch, gum, or e-cigs? They all have nicotine in them.

JZ_RN

JZ_RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 5 years experience. 590 Posts

I wish they'd fire the smokers at my workplace and not hire any more. Not 'cause I hate smokers (though the smell is just disgusting, true) but because I don't care to be stuck with all your hardest work at the most inopportune times because you have to go take a "smoke break" while I never get any break at all, not even to pee! I also get tired of them whining about contributing to unit activities they voted to participate in. That 5 bucks we ask is less than a pack of cigarettes and you said you wanted to be involved..