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Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative

Has 26 years experience. Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele.

tobacco free nurses partners, in addition to ana and anf, are the american association of colleges of nursing and the national coalition of ethnic minority nursing associations. visit www.tobaccofreenurses.org to get $100 worth of smoking cessation services free, as well as resources geared specifically to nurses.

It would be nice if managment would recognize all the hours it gains from non-smoking staff. Between half as many breaks and less sick time we should see a little something in the paycheck.

It would be nice if managment would recognize all the hours it gains from non-smoking staff. Between half as many breaks and less sick time we should see a little something in the paycheck.

AMEN SISTER AMEN

vanburbian

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in ER.

It would be nice if managment would recognize all the hours it gains from non-smoking staff. Between half as many breaks and less sick time we should see a little something in the paycheck.

Management, other staff members, etc. RECOGNIZED that because I AM a smoker, I don't take my breaks, AND extra smoking breaks- geezus, I take my breaks as smoking time....FYI, it seems odd that out of all the sickest people these last few months of viral loading, it was the non smokers who were gone forever, not me.

If you work with a greedy smoker, tell them to be thoughtful, don't lump us all together.

Brian, ASN, RN

Has 26 years experience. Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele.

everyone, i posted this thread for informational purposes, to inform nurses of this opportunity. please do not turn this into a smokers vs. non-smokers agrumentative thread.

please try and keep all the discussions focused on the original post in the thread. if you want to discuss other topics, please open another thread. thanks :)

everyone, i posted this thread for informational purposes, to inform nurses of this opportunity. please do not turn this into a smokers vs. non-smokers agrumentative thread.

please try and keep all the discussions focused on the original post in the thread. if you want to discuss other topics, please open another thread. thanks :)

this site is a great tool. however, people need tools and motivation. motivation can come from several sources. one of them can be financial. my sil works for one of the blues. she gets a break on her health insurance rates when she meets certain health style criteria. there are several criteria and of course one of the in not to smoke. my sil actually stopped smoking to get the money. it is not a penalty but a rebate so no one can complain of discrimination.

I think we need to think of smoking cigarettes as a personal choice that some adults make. I used to do it myself but can't any more. I had to quit.

We all make decisions that might not be the best for our bodies or our families. Formula vs. breast milk? Responsible vs. binge drinking? Sedan (wearing seat belts) vs. motor cycle (with no helmet)? Do you want fries with that? But cigarettes are different and I can tell you that what smokers need most is to be allowed to quit when they are ready to quit. This requires support when they are ready even if they "fail".

The main thing that kept me from trying to quit smoking was the fear of failure. Once I realized what a grip cigarettes had on me, I wanted to quit but it was much easier for me to continue being a smoker than it was to try to quit and risk failing. I was a slave to the habit. I have friends who can smoke one cigarette a day or one per week but I'm not one of them! If I were to put a cigarette in my mouth and light it today, I assure you I'd smoke almost 2 packs by tomorrow morning - and every day after that for years to come. I know because I've "quit" before for 4 months, 10 days, 7 days, 3 days... It's now been 5 years and I know better than to try that again!

I hope this helps some of you that have never smoked understand that it is very difficult for most people to quit. And for those of you that do smoke, I wish you much success when you're ready to quit. Know that if I can do it, anybody can. With OTC nicotine replacement therapy and a prescription, you don't have to suffer. Well, maybe a little for about 10 days, but it gets easier with each day that passes and you WILL feel better. And you will continue to feel better for years.

Marc

I edited this because I failed to mention to Brian that as a smoker I probably would have appreciated this post with the spirit that I think it was intended. Nicotine replacement therapy is not cheap and I wish it would've been available free to me when I needed it. My priest, another person involved in a healing profession, gave me the best advice for quitting which was "Be gentle with yourself."

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