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I was just wondering if any of you all smoke? A lot of places won't let you smoke any closer than 50 feet away from the building. How do you deal with smoking at work? Have you quit smoking since going through the nursing program?

I am on my 9th day smoke-free. Do any ex-smokers have any tips for me? Everyone says it gets easier after the first week, but it's still hard as all get out!

I was just curious how many nurses are still smokers. I used to work in a restaurant, and that's when I started. Almost everyone in the restaurant business smokes!! If you don't, you never get breaks.

By the way, I'm not one of those crazy people that get all mean to smokers because they still smoke. I don't think it's fair the way smokers are treated. We're not stupid, we know the risks, it's just really really really hard to quit.

Anyway, just was wondering:)

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Good for you for quitting!

I remember my first job. It was in an office and you could smoke ANYWHERE. Your desk, the breakroom, any work area. Everyone in my department chain smoked in a closed 40 x 40 cube farm.

It was horrible. We were purchased by a company that wisely decided to follow state laws regarding indoor smoking.

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It's getting harder and harder for our smokers to smoke. They keep pushing the smoking grounds back and I think it's technically eliminated now. It's interesting how many nurses and EMTs smoke, despite the risks. I don't think smokers are in any way "treated unfairly". I think you should be allowed to smoke, so long as you don't smoke in buildings, near doorways, on sidewalks, or in cars or houses where someone is under 18.

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H*ll no, but I reek like smoke most days because I do sup visits to client's homes now and most of them do. So I go home most days smelling like I smoke. I hate it! I love my clients but I will never understand why so many people still smoke when they're so ill and on oxygen, etc. I guess that's what got them there and it is (from what I understand) d@mn hard to quit, but... sheeesh. By the way, congrats on quitting. I really do wish you the very best. Just keep pluggin till it DOES get easier!

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Congratulations on quitting! I'm going on 7 years without having a cigarette and its one of the best things I could have ever done. It will be a tough road ahead for you and like it or not you will probably not quit the first or second or ninth time you try but eventually you will. Don't beat yourself up if you mess up as it is all a part of the process of quitting.

By-the-way, after you quit you will become someone who treats smokers "unfairly." This is inevitable because you will be on the other side of the issue and you will see how bad it truly was. I will say with absolute conviction that I will not work with someone who smokes...ever. I treat them with respect and I simply say that because of the fact that they smoke (and that its not only their health but mine as well that you are endangering) that I cannot work alongside them. Fortunately my hospital has a zero tolerance policy towards smoking and the closest place to smoke from my unit is almost a 15 minute walk away, completely off-campus. I've never run into problems with my coworkers because of this and as a matter of fact the only people that do smoke are the doctors!

Good luck and keep at it.

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I'm a former smoker. It's been 3 years since I quit for good.

The best tip I can give you: When you want to smoke because you are stressed out remind yourself that the cigarette is killing you not the people who are getting on your nerves.

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I used to smoke, I stopped and automatically quit hanging out with smokers, it wasn't so bad to quit smoking, I have quit and picked it back up many times, but let me tell ya it's been about 5 years since my last cigarette and I absolutely cannot stand the smell of it on others... Now, give me a Jack'n coke at a bar, and I'll dance on a table for a cigarette... (well not literally, I might brake the table) lol

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It's getting harder and harder for our smokers to smoke. They keep pushing the smoking grounds back and I think it's technically eliminated now. It's interesting how many nurses and EMTs smoke, despite the risks. I don't think smokers are in any way "treated unfairly". I think you should be allowed to smoke, so long as you don't smoke in buildings, near doorways, on sidewalks, or in cars or houses where someone is under 18.

I don't mean the laws treat smokers unfairly, I think it's the people that have never smoked and make people feel like an idiot for smoking. They spit all these facts at smokers, that the smokers know, but it's just really hard to quit. This is my 6th time quitting but this is my second longest time. I know when my husband comes back from Iraq, it's going to be super hard if he hasn't quit by then. LOL

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It's getting harder and harder for our smokers to smoke. They keep pushing the smoking grounds back and I think it's technically eliminated now. It's interesting how many nurses and EMTs smoke, despite the risks. I don't think smokers are in any way "treated unfairly". I think you should be allowed to smoke, so long as you don't smoke in buildings, near doorways, on sidewalks, or in cars or houses where someone is under 18.

And I DEFINITELY AGREE about not smoking around children!! Esp. people that smoke in their houses and in their cars with children.

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Nope, never smoked or done drugs and I'll never do any of these things.

I don't understand how health care professionals decide to do damage to their body, when they get to see the effects these drugs do to the body.

Every hospital, clinic, and nursing home in this country should be smoke free for all the employees.

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Yes, I smoke, :chair: but I do not smoke at work. Our shifts are 8 hours and it is tolerable because I am fresh out of school and we weren't allowed to smoke during our 12 hour clinicals. There are just a handful of people that smoke, none of the nursing or medical staff do (at work anyway), it is really taboo. I agree that some people are judgemental, but we all have our vices, even the anti-smoking stone throwers. As soon as my insurance kicks in I'm getting Chantix; it worked for my dad I know it will work for me. Congrats to the ex-smokers, I hope to join you soon!! :up:

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