Local Hospitals Now Totally Smoke Free

@anniepa (26306)
United States
November 17, 2007 1:54pm CST
Starting this past Thursday many hospitals in my area - Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania - went totally smoke-free, meaning that smoking is prohibited anywhere on hospital grounds even in private cars. Many of the employees are understandably unhappy with this new policy and some had said they would take a walk around the block or across the street for their breaks now. I'm a smoker who would love to be a former smoker, but even if I did quit I'd like to think I'd still believe smokers have some rights! But now in today's paper it tells of how the neighbors across the street from one of the hospitals in question are "fuming" over the hundreds of cigarette butts littered on their property. That's just inexcusably rude and disrespectful of others' property in my opinion. I've always respected and followed the smoking policies of wherever I happen to be and when I smoked somewhere where there were no ashtrays available to dispose of my butts I'd always take them with me to dispose of them properly. I even have a little pouch that was a free gift from Virginia Slims to place my butts in until I get to a trash container. This really disappoints me in some of my fellow smokers. How can anyone defend their rights when they don't even know enough, or more likely they're too thoughtless and lazy to respect someone else's property? What do you think, smokers and non-smokers alike? Annie
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@hopejordan (3567)
• Australia
17 Nov 07
hi there anniepa yes i know smoking is bad for you and i am glad in your country that they are starting to do smoke free in hostipal i hate the smell of smokes and in Australia where i am from they have a smoke free zone too in hospital they have to go outside to have there smokes and in resturants as well is a free zone too so the people who smoke they have to go outside thanks for this discussion
@anniepa (26306)
• United States
18 Nov 07
Smokers have had to go outside hospitals for a long time here in my area but now they can't even smoke outside the hospital, not even a designated area and they say not even in their own cars. Sorry, but I don't think anyone can tell me what I can do in my own car unless I'm breaking a law and smoking is not illegal and as far as restaurants and bars, I think the owner should have the right to decide. It used to be that if a bar or restaurant didn't have a separate non-smoking area they had to post it on their door; what was wrong with that, anyway? No one is being forced to go to an establishment where there is smoking if they mind it but now there's simply no choice at all! But, this is about hospitals, sorry I got off topic...lol. I just don't see why they shouldn't be allowed at least an area outside. Annie
@braedon0 (75)
• Canada
17 Nov 07
Thats a great thing
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@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
18 Nov 07
I'm not sure about the rules here but they did that a few years ago in some cities for public property. This included schools. I just quit but I know what you mean. Its ridiculous. Especially if you're working with or visiting sick people. It can be very stressful. The recently passed a law here that makes it illegal to smoke anywhere except private property. I haven't really heard much about it or seen anyone enforcing it so who knows.
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
18 Nov 07
No smoking anywhere in MA ! - no smoking
We haven't been able to smoke any where near a hospital here in MA in a number of years now. As a smoker of course it doesn't make me happy. Never in all the years that I have smoked have I just dropped my butts on the ground...if there was no ashtray available I would use whatever I had handy. That pouch sounds like an awesome idea!
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 Nov 07
I believe that I can be unbiased here and still be honest in my opinion. Being that I smoked for fourteen years. I use to smoke at bus stops and I never realized how bad I was affected the people around me. I wish that I could personally apologize to everyone that I poisoned with that stuff. It stinks terribly and I can actually smell the different poisons in there now. I am really glad that they are limiting the places where smokers can light up. Not, as a personal attack toward you. But, my God, that stuff is really lethal. When I first moved into the board and care where I am staying, it was legal to smoke on the grounds outside. I could not even open my window to get a breath of fresh hair, without someone blowing smoke in my room. There are like 125 people living here and most of them smoke. I could not even go out in the sun to read a book. Now, they have passed a law in Santa Monica that you can not smoke within 20 feet of in business or bus stop. Because, people work here, it is considered a business. I was so happy. If you are caught, the ticket is like $300.00. I enjoy telling people at the bus stops that they will get a ticket for smoking there. I was even thinking earlier today that it should be illegal for parents to smoke. The affects that the second hand smoke has on the babies must be horrible. I have seen parents doing it and I want to just start yelling and asking them, How stupid can you be? But, it is not my place. It is really not fair to subject other people to that. I always tell people, if I wanted to continue to smoke, I would have, get away from me with that second hand smoke. This thing about smokers having rights is bogus. I say, the have the right to be as far away from me as needed when they smoke. They say, we should move. They should move, they are the ones polluting the air and the lungs of everyone around them. It is so inconsiderate.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
18 Nov 07
We have had that law in use since July 2006, its good, but they should set aside a small corner for the smokers...
• United States
18 Nov 07
I am a non smoker that is for smoker's rights. Instead of banning smoking in the area right outside the hospital, they should have built a smoker's lounge. A building where the smokers could go and it is well ventilated.And it would be close to the hospital. I think making the smokers go across the street is a accident to happen.Can you see a doctor or a nurse is on break and has to cross the street to get back to the hospital and get hit by a car?So not only is the patient in danger but the doctor has to be a patient at his/her hospital.One or two things will happen, either all the smokers will be round up and will be "housed" away from society. Or there will be a huge class action suit.
• United States
18 Nov 07
I grew up around smokers. I am also a smoker/ addiction sucks. But some of these new smoking laws are just way to much. I can understand not smoking in resturants and such. I always thought that was kinda disrespectful even though I am a smoker. But now not being allowed to smoke outside of a work establishment? thats a little too much. How can your work tell you that you cannot even smoke outside now. The 100's of butts is ignorant. The hospital should have placed tgw smoking bins around outside.
• United States
18 Nov 07
This is a good thing. Smoking causes so many health problems. I am allergic to smoking, deathly allergic, and some people do not seem to realize how bad smoking is. I understand, and acknowledge, that it is a horrible habit to break once someone had started smoking, and I understand and acknowledge that smokers have problems both mentally and physically, but smokers, please understand this, when you smoke, you are killing me, you are killing the ozone layer, and you are doing more harm to people who are non-smokers who might also have the same problems that I have. You have every right to smoke, but understand, that I have every right to live.