Smoking

  1. Never smoked a cigaretter before. Hates the smell of it. Til on my 30th birthday, I started smoking but social smoking and have to get rid of the smell and brush my teeth before bed cos I hate the smell in the morning.

    Okay, half of my nursing friends smoked cigarette.

    What about you good nurses here?
    Did any of you a smoker? or social smoker or a heavy smoker or non smokers.

    I know smoking is bad not good for your health, causes lung cancer :stone .

    Come on share, share:chuckle
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  2. 46 Comments

  3. by   KaraLea
    I don't smoke and in fact can go into an asthma attack if I get around too much cigarette smoke. Luckily, I work for a State Psych Hospital which just recently went totally smoke free. NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON CAMPUS. I have been breating sooooo much better since this went into effect. I also react to some perfumes, usually if someone "took a bath" in the perfume or if it is a heavy musky scent to begin with.
  4. by   jayna
    Now that is good, better think aboout quiting before I am addicted. Couldn't believe myself that I smoked chain last night with few cups of cointreau.

    :stone
  5. by   NurseAngie
    I am smoker. Well...ex smoker. I will smoke socially then go months without a cigarette. I also like to smoke when I'm stressed out. I want a cigarette badly right this moment as a matter of fact. I have not had one since May. I hate the way that smokers smell and I, too, brush my teeth and wash my hands after I smoke. I take it day by day with this non-smoking thing. Right now I'm chomping on chips and salsa. But the good Lord knows I WANT a cigarette! I know they're yucky for me and I tell myself that each time the urge to smoke strikes. I've found that eating baby carrots is a good way to keep busy with a healthy crunchy snack. I also doodle ALOT on paper.

    You aren't alone with the smoking thing and I will admit I usually give in when I'm having drinks and others smoke.

    I am just proud of myself for getting through another day without lighting up. I think I was meant to smoke cigarettes, drink martini's and listen to jazz. That really puts a on my face!

    Take Care Jayna.

    All My Best,
    Angie
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I used to smoke Jayna. I had smoked since I was about 16, off and on. I could quit for awhile, then begin only socially, with drinks. But it always progressed until I was a full blown smoker again, and each time I became a little heavier of a smoker.

    This last time I quit I was at a little over a pack a day. My son asked, pleaded, with those big brown eyes. He said they told him in school, if you smoke, you die. I deny him nothing.

    That was in early October.

    I was out with the girls the other night. A few of them are also "social smokers," and I was invited to join. I was sooooooo tempted, but I know that the first one will not be my last one, so I choose not to start. Today.

    But some days, I swear I can taste it...

    Heather
  7. by   kewlnurse
    Just cigars. Not a habit, but i have 1-2/day, somtimes i'll go days without one.
  8. by   bestblondRN
    Heather--

    Good for you! It's so tough to get off of the daggone things, but even tougher when you're situation that you always associate with smoking--i.e. drinking......I know what you mean about the kids--when mine pled with me not to smoke, I vowed not to do it in front of them, which probably accounts for my now being a social smoker only.

    I still have a cigarette when I drink--can't seem to break that association, so it's probably a good thing that I only drink occasionally. The other time I will break down and have one is when I've had a particularly rough day at work and I'm driving home. It helps me decompress a bit.
  9. by   prmenrs
    Heather-my Dad died of lung cancer 2wks before my son (now 18) was born. He missed so much. Don't do it! And if you're around "social smokers", let them know it makes it hard for you to stick to your guns. Try to limit your exposure to second hand smoke, which can also kill you, by the way.

    When I was in college, back around the time they invented the wheel, there were 3 vices, drinking, smoking, and s**. I decided that it would be better to just concentrate on 2 out of 3, so I never started smoking--Thank goodness, because now I would be a FAT smoker!
  10. by   live4today
    I do not smoke. When I was 15, a boy kept encouraging me to take a whiff of his cig, so I did. okay...peer pressure...shouldn't have...but... Anyhoo.........I choked upon inhaling and threw up all over the front seat of his car. Since that awful experience, I never touched another cig. :chuckle

    My parents were chain smokers, and I had really bad upper respiratory problems. Think they'd care about that enough to quit the habit? Think again. I made it a habit never to date smokers because if I did, I wouldn't be so nice to be around and I didn't want them thinking I didn't like them when it was their smoking habit I detested. Both my ex and my current spouse were nonsmokers like myself...praise God for that. All three of my daughters have tried smoking. The middle daughter is fighting to quit...says it's not easy...but is trying. The other two quit...cold turkey...so they have told me. If I go to their homes and smell cig smoke, I go into my healthspeech about how I didn't give birth to those lungs of theirs for them to take out of this world on a bed of black tarry cancer. :chuckle My grandchildren who are in school now have also been educated in school about the dangers of smoking...first and second hand...so now they are in their homes to give their parents the healthspeech they have heard Gramma give before. :chuckle

    Hats off to those of you who have kicked the habit, and for those of you who are working on kicking the habit. Keep up the good work in that department! Your kids will love and thank you for doing so. :kiss
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 4, '02
  11. by   Ted
    When I was about 13 years old, a bud and I would occassionaly smoke a cigar or pipe just to be cool. I haven't smoked since.

    What amazes me, though, is people in the healthcare profession smoking or who start smoking. I've taken care of way too many people with cancer and/or COPD to even think about starting to smoke.

    However . . . . I do like the smell of a good cigar or pipe. . . .

    . . . . and I also know that smoking is one tough "cookie" to quit.

    Peace,

    Ted
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i am trying so hard to quit.
  13. by   NurseDennie
    Ewwww - smoking is icky.

    I literally tried it once. Because the people who smoke always got "that look" when they took that first puff. They looked to me like they were getting a sexual pleasure out of it. What can I say, I was young and horny!

    So I tried one. NO sexual pleasure. So what's the percentage in that? LOL

    My mum was a heavy smoker, and I HATED it. I used to booby trap her ciggies - dunk them in water or something so they'd be too gross to smoke. My father said I was hassling her about them before I could even speak clearly. She died from lung ca at about 37, I think. Six kids - four of them are smokers. Go figure. And she had a messy death.

    So there you go. One of my nursing teachers said that cigarettes "want" ETOH and ETOH "want" cigarettes. I think that's true.

    I'm glad you fought off the urge, Heather! Good on ya!

    Love

    Dennie
  14. by   nursejws
    Heather, GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!

    I too was a smoker until April 2001. 2001 was a tough year too, had just lost my father in law, and my uncle. 2001 started off with the loss of my Dad, then 6 mos later my Grandma. Ugh! I quit for 2 reasons, and 2 reasons only. 1) My Dad asked me too, and I promised him I would. This will probably keep me from smoking for the rest of my life. Although he is not here physically...I still can't stand to disappoint my parents. 2) I'm tryin' to have WLS and a good surgeon will not operate on a smoker!

    I don't think I'll ever be able to drink because I will have to have a cigarette. They just go together like pb & j! The first week I quit was the most difficult week of all. It was so hard at work to NOT smoke...I would get so mad and pound on my desk. LoL...my whole department knew I had quit smoking. :chuckle

    Oh, another thing, and the greatest reality of all. Right after I quit smoking, I was walking behind a friend of mine at work, a smoker, and got a wiff of that (insert puking face here). O-M-G that made me gag it was so disgusting!

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