Hospital....Smokers need not apply!

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    Hospital: Smokers need not apply - CNN.com

    I remember being a nursing student thinking I would die of suffocation from the staff smoking in the tiny report room. In those days staff smoked on the units. I wasn't sure how I would make it. But I moved to Nashville where Vanderbilt had just become a 'non smoking' facility. Smoking was permitted outside only. Soon other facilities followed.

    Not surprised about this bit of news. The smoker is not particularly appealing to employers on various levels. This, no doubt, has more to do with the cost of employee health care than anything else.
     
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    It's not an employer's business if one takes part in a legal activity outside of work hours.
     
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    Someday tobacco will be banned as a dangerous drug.
     
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    No it won't the fucking government makes too much money off of it.

    As long as smoking is legal no one should be discriminated against for partaking.
     
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    Smoking is not a protected Constitutional right.
     
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    Smoking is still legal last time I looked. Would they get away with refusing to hire male homosexuals who test positive for HIV? Would they get away with refusing to hire overweight people who suffer from hypertension or diabeties? Maybe next time.
     
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    That HIV thing has already been tested in the courts. Fat people moan that they suffer discrimination all the time. Most large companies do have a physical that one has to pass in order to work. Where I work, they don't drug test you but you do have to take an HIV test.

    I know of one nursing student while I was teaching who was HIV+. She threatened staff with legal action if it became known. But she was not allowed to work in the newborn nursery or with other areas where the patient had an open wound through which she could contaminate them.
     
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    Can't have a tatoo at our local hospital either...
     
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    Fire and police departments have had a no smoking policy for years now. Health care is doing it for insurance purposes but also to keep patients from being exposed to the off-gassing nurse, doc, x-ray tech, etc. who just came in from burning one. The industry wants to lead the way and promote healthy living.
     

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