Should I quit my job?

United States
December 15, 2006 1:22pm CST
I have a really great job as a bartender, but I quit smoking about a month ago, and now whenever I work, I feel like I smoked a pack of cigarettes the next morning. Why bother quitting smoking if I still feel like crap? The problem is that everything else about the job is great... the people, my boss, my hours, and so on. Grrr! Such a hard decision because I realize how hard it is to find a job that you enjoy.
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• Canada
16 Dec 06
That's a rough decision to have to make. You enjoy your job, you don't want to leave it, but you know your health is being jepordized just by being there. If I was in your situation, I'd stay in the job for now while I looked for something else. That way you'd still have an income and a job you enjoy while you're there, but you are also looking for something that is less likely to damage your health. Let us know what you decide to do. And congratulations on quitting smoking! That is NOT an easy thing to do. :) ~Wyrdsister
• United States
16 Dec 06
You can't smoke in bars here any longer in most cities. Maybe you could find a similar city near you? I couldn't stand the smoke, not to mention the health risks associated with it. I'd try another job.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
16 Dec 06
I do see your point. We do not have that problem over here since you are not allowed to smoke in ublic places, not even bars and resturants. I do not think that u should quit a job you love for this but i can see the points of doing it as well.
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@moneyseeker (1024)
16 Dec 06
What's most important your health or your job? You can always get another job but can you always get back your health?
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• United States
16 Dec 06
First of all, I say kudos to you for quitting smoking... If you feel like crap every day because of your job then, to me, that's grounds to quit. Unless of course you are able to consider rallying your communities support in effort to implement a smoking ban or something of that nature. There are also some equipment in some bars that take the smoke out of the air. Lastly, could smoking and non-smoking sections be created?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I didnt know you could still smoke in the bars? If you can I would get another job. its not worth your health.
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@vipul20044 (5798)
• India
16 Dec 06
Well buddy it isnt about your job it is about your habit you know it is really hard to Quit smoking and once you do, for some instance you do feel like hell just dont be naive be calm and composed! Whenever you have an urge for smoking, chew those special gums that give you a smoky essence!
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I think your health is more important. I would quit unless it looks like in the future there will be a ban on smoking in public places. I know there are alot of cities doing that now.
• Philippines
16 Dec 06
our greatest wealth is our health, there are always opportunities for people who are hardworking but never compromise your health for something you think is enjoyable
@ambience (67)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
Since u r saying that the job is really really gr8 and youlove the job and feel terrible of quitting and finding a newone.. I would suggest you to stay on the job due to te following reasons 1. U love urjob...colleguesllboss..everything abt this job..if u do get anotherjob elsewhere ..ther is no guarantee that u will enjoy ur work there..coz ifu dont enjoy ur work..u willeventually quit thatas well 2.Most of the stated in the US are goingtobring strong Smoking bans in bras very soon ..u just haveto bear for a little more time 3. As for ur health is concerned..it is definetly better than before u quit smoking..coz that time u used to smoke urself and also get exposed to passive smoking fromothers in the bar... now u have cut ur health risks by half as u have already quit ur smoking..the other half alsowill be removed eventually when strict smoking bans are introduced Hope this helps
• United States
16 Dec 06
No i wouldnt quit if you like your job and all i mean is dont let you quit smoking get to you and all. i mean i did and all. i mean if is there any thing that you can do and all and take to not think about it and all iwould look online and see and all good luck
16 Dec 06
well done for quitting smoking ..i know what u mean though about smoky bars. i work as barmaid in england and its so bad. its disgusting. they are banning smoking in pubs next year though so that will be good. what country are you from ? arent they doing it there ?
• United States
16 Dec 06
I didn't like my job....so I started my own business. The pay is terrible so I adjusted my life style accordingly. I feel bad for smokers now, I am not one of them, but they are SOL.... Next "they" will ban kids from being within 50 feet of a campfire 'cuz of secondhand smoke. We are simple making life miserable for everyone with too many demands for diversity.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
16 Dec 06
as you've mentioned, you love everyone at work and you love your work. that's the very first thing you should take into consideration. so, you have this kind of bar where people smokes everywhere? here in the philippines, bars have a small smoking area. the rest, not allowed for people to smoke freely. and that's good. as for you, it's nice of you to quit smoking! that's a great way to a better health. but hmm... you'll taking in second hand smokes. that's not good. i suggest you talk to your doctor on how you can have good health even if you continue working in the bar. i hope you continue on working in there since you love the work and the people around... but i hope you'll have a good health with you,too.
@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
16 Dec 06
It depends where you are, but if you are in the UK, you only have to wait till next July before you can be smoke free. As a smoker, I don't particularly want to have to go out in the cold but I also know how nasty a smoky bar can be. I am fairly careful about not inflicting my habit on other people but I think the new laws are a little draconian. It seems to be working well enough in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, however.
@gotcho0O (1258)
• United States
16 Dec 06
So don't quit then. I think your job is great as you said. You're just tempted by mind so no worries. Let yourself do the good function. Goodluck.
• India
16 Dec 06
well dont quit try chewing gum for few days u might feel ok.....
@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
Odd, they still allow smoking at your job? I would find another place to work if I were you. That is, if they allow smoking still there. It's not worth your health in my opinion.
@1986ankush (1241)
• India
16 Dec 06
NO U SHOULD NOT QUIT UR JOB , U HAVE TO CONTROL ON URSELF
@caribe (2465)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Congratulations on quitting smoking. That is a big accomplishment. Your health is more important that any job. You have to think about your health. If it is making you sick, it just isn't worth it.