Smoke breaks

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Smoke breaks
Wed, 05-15-2013 - 12:11pm

For those who still smoke and are trying to quit: Does your place of employment allow you to go out and smoke? Are you allowed to smoke on the premises or do you now have to leave and go somewhere else to smoke? Does this encourage you to quit even more?

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Registered: 07-31-2012
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 2:50am

I know you directed this to those still trying to quit but I'm only 5 and a half weeks smoke-free so I don't consider myself a non-smoker yet. As a security guard my work environment is a bit different than the norm. I don't get specified breaks or lunch breaks. This leaves a lot of wide-open time for me to fill and I used to fill much of it smoking. I worked one gatehouse position in which I would log in less than 20 people in an 8 hour shift. By the time I left that post, I was smoking a full pack of cigarettes while at work alone.

My current position is an overnight shift so again, I see very few people. All I have to do is step outside the gatehouse door and light up. I never was required to "hide" it or smoke in a certain area while I was smoking. Now that I don't smoke anymore, this is a 100% smoke-free gatehouse. Not a single guard who works here smokes.

With these policies obviously I was not encouraged to quit smoking. I think even if the policy for smoking had limitations (i.e. specific place to smoke, no smoking allowed, etc) it wouldn't have pushed me to quit or consider doing so. It would've just pushed me to find a different job or turn down this job offer. Cigarettes ruled my life THAT much.

Quit Date: May 4th, 2013
"May The Fourth Be With Me!" 

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 12:36pm

Misty, I am with you.  Cigs ruled everything I did from the time my eyes opened in the morning till I went to sleep at night.  One trick I was told to do, and I find it motivating, was the very first day I didnt smoke.  Call myself a non smoker.  As a non smoker I wont pick up a cig.  So...from day one, I became a non smoker.  It is a mental thing but if I think of myself as a smoker that just isnt smoking, I am kinda giving myself an excuse to smoke again...cause I am a smoker!!  See what I mean?  If you havent had a cig in 5 1/2 weeks and you do not intend to ever have one again, you are now a certified member of the non smokers.  Welcome....

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