Hospital group bans tobacco use on property

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Starting Jan. 1, tobacco use will be banned on property owned by Southwestern Vermont Health Care.
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John

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It's about time. It's so pathetic to drive around a hostpital and see doctors who are preaching about healthy life styles - puffing on a cigarette. this should have happened years ago...

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John wrote:
It's about time. It's so pathetic to drive around a hostpital and see doctors who are preaching about healthy life styles - puffing on a cigarette. this should have happened years ago...
I agree
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Can we watch the hospital workers sneak and hide to have a cigarette. The work staff will be worse then the visitors.It was said that if caught you would be asked to stop,or to leave. This is good ,but what about the workers. The workers know that there is a banned on smoking.For them a write up put in your file. If your caught a third time your fired .This is a rule that needs to be followed . If I was a visitor and seen a worker puffing away in some corner.I would run to that spot later if I needed a cigarette. I would feel that it if a worker is hiding there then its a safe place not to get caught .But I am smoke free for 3 and a half years after 35 years of smoking.I would smoke close to 5 packs a day. Some days it would be that and more. To all you smokers that are reading this I'm not blowing smoke up your a**! Because I have no smoke to blow.But I do have extra money now !
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wow this is news... who cares!!!!!
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Great going "ex smoker"!!!!
Bet your family is glad you stoped smoking. You have to smell and feel better. I'm told life gets better every dsy you stay smoke free. Enjoy that extra $$$$$$$m have fun!!!!!! 0>:-)
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ex smoker wrote:
Can we watch the hospital workers sneak and hide to have a cigarette. The work staff will be worse then the visitors.It was said that if caught you would be asked to stop,or to leave. This is good ,but what about the workers. The workers know that there is a banned on smoking.For them a write up put in your file. If your caught a third time your fired .This is a rule that needs to be followed . If I was a visitor and seen a worker puffing away in some corner.I would run to that spot later if I needed a cigarette. I would feel that it if a worker is hiding there then its a safe place not to get caught .But I am smoke free for 3 and a half years after 35 years of smoking.I would smoke close to 5 packs a day. Some days it would be that and more. To all you smokers that are reading this I'm not blowing smoke up your ****! Because I have no smoke to blow.But I do have extra money now !
As an employee-and a non-smoker-I am glad to see this coming. So many of the smokers that I personally worked with(so don't bash me for this I am talking ONLY from my perspective) have abused the smoking policy for years! Multiple trips to that ridiculously expensive HEATED smoking shelter while the non-smokers had to continue to do the work. We are talking 10 minutes every hour sometimes more. If a "NON-SMOKER" did that-they would be fired! double standards have to stop.

We have been told that if an employee MUST smoke during work-they must go OFF THE CLOCK and OFF Hospital grounds to do so and it must stay within the alloted 1/2 hour we are given each work day. That they WILL have patrols and it WILL result in disciplinary action if employees are non-compliant. They are taking it seriously-we will see if they follow through.
I see stupid people

Bennington, VT

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Nov 13, 2010
 
Good luck enforcing this-can they rent out the building they built for smokers (at a cost of $10,000) near the ER to the homeless?
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Bennington, VT

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As a smoker, I agree with this policy. Even though I smoke I know there are places where one should not be smoking not just from a health prespective, but it is rude. I am now on my 100th try to stop smoking just started Chantix.
your boss

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every body will buy a van or suv with tinted windows. this is vermont! you do what you like and i will do what i like. i don't care where its parked you dicktattertotts leave my suv alone!
Oops

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Nov 13, 2010
 
Hey I see stupid people did you come up with that name while you were looking in the mirror this morning?
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QUICK PUT IT OUT! HERE COME THE SMOKING POLICE!!!!

Of all the things to worry about..........
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Nov 13, 2010
 
every one will rat on their smoking coworkers and get them fired. and then get their jobless friends a new job. hay boss, i smell smoke on john and jane.
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Did you ever notice that the biggest workplace A-holes are also cigarette smokers? In am not saying all smokers are a_holes but most workplace A-holes are cigarette suckers.
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Isn't it amazin that the medical community never gets sick & tired of playin God. And isn't it amazing that Southwestern Vt Medical Center doesn't have any
problems taking taxpayer money defined as Medicare & Medicaid which of course also entitles them to accomodate their prejudices & aversions regarding the right of people to smoke. Obviously the powers to be at Southwestern Vt Medical Center also choose to ignore the fact that the last time taxes cigarettes were raised it was so children in familes making up to $ 65,000 a year could have healthcare..........money & politics......the only factors considered in making choices.........nothing like one group of people assuming that they know what's good for everyone else.......to put it all into perspective.....but I guess I would expect this from folks who have never made the sacrifices & endured the hardships of serving in the military & standing in front of people's rights.........not behind them.......yup certain cliques of folks that have a real problem defining where their rights end & everybody else's begin..........so lets all use taxpayers money to finance our agendas & deceive ourselves we're entitled to have it both ways at the same time at somebody else's expense.........anybody ever hear of "selective reasoning" ? Hurrah for anybody who is somebody.........discriminatio n is alive & well regardless of how overt or covert the method..........at least the Veterans Administration has a more comprehensive interpretation of personal freedoms which is a damn sight more than I can say for civilians emotionally,phsychologically, and financially dependent on government money. Like the man said........"sometimes the truth gets very twisted when money,power,control, & recognition are involved.........just impresses the hell right out've me..........
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navman5 wrote:
Isn't it amazin that the medical community never gets sick & tired of playin God. And isn't it amazing that Southwestern Vt Medical Center doesn't have any
problems taking taxpayer money defined as Medicare & Medicaid which of course also entitles them to accomodate their prejudices & aversions regarding the right of people to smoke. Obviously the powers to be at Southwestern Vt Medical Center also choose to ignore the fact that the last time taxes cigarettes were raised it was so children in familes making up to $ 65,000 a year could have healthcare..........money & politics......the only factors considered in making choices.........nothing like one group of people assuming that they know what's good for everyone else.......to put it all into perspective.....but I guess I would expect this from folks who have never made the sacrifices & endured the hardships of serving in the military & standing in front of people's rights.........not behind them.......yup certain cliques of folks that have a real problem defining where their rights end & everybody else's begin..........so lets all use taxpayers money to finance our agendas & deceive ourselves we're entitled to have it both ways at the same time at somebody else's expense.........anybody ever hear of "selective reasoning" ? Hurrah for anybody who is somebody.........discriminatio n is alive & well regardless of how overt or covert the method..........at least the Veterans Administration has a more comprehensive interpretation of personal freedoms which is a damn sight more than I can say for civilians emotionally,phsychologically, and financially dependent on government money. Like the man said........"sometimes the truth gets very twisted when money,power,control, & recognition are involved.........just impresses the hell right out've me..........
I pay taxes. I pay health insurance premiums.

I'm tired of filthy, disgusting, "people" filling their lungs with cancer-causing crap and expecting everyone around them to be okie dokey with their alleged right to do so.

My tax dollars go to a hospital that spends resources treating these pieces of garbage. My health insurance is higher because companies have to also shell out billions covering poor decisions these losers have made.

Here's a policy I'd like to see: You smoke, anyone and everyone has the right to take a tire iron to your face. Medical bills come out of YOUR pocket.

There's about a thousand free ways to quit, but these pathetic losers shell out thousands a year on cigarettes, using food stamps to cover the deficit in their already meager paychecks.
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Hey I see stupid people, I see stupid people, YOU! I am a wife and have a husband so I guess that makes you double stupid!

You can tell who smokes and who doesn't in this forum.

Personally I think they should tax the hell out of the cancer sticks and make all the idiots who use the drug to pay the bills for the rest of us!
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Bennington, VT

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Nov 13, 2010
 
yea bitch about for smokers.......you should be bitchin about all the friekin money that your elected officials shell out enticing illegal aliens to sneak into this country at the same time they ignore their own immigration laws.....real smart.....a tire iron...some of you people bitch about what real Americans do......unfortunately you don't have the balls to bitch about what your elected officials do......smokers ain't robbing from the treasury......and who fights your battles for you......cause most of you aren't gonna do it.....but you sure love all the rights you get livin here....you outta spend a little time bitching about all the ones that want stuff & want the taxpayer to finance it. A friekin tire iron ??? Try a roast beef sandwich.......cause somebody may take it away from you & make you eat it.......You should concentrate on gov't waste & fiscal irresponsibility.....but then again you probably voted for Obamacare also........and Mr tire iron,,,,if I ever get a brain transpalant I want yours......just to make sure I'm gettin one that's never been used..........
I see stupid people

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Nov 13, 2010
 
Oops wrote:
Hey I see stupid people, I see stupid people, YOU! I am a wife and have a husband so I guess that makes you double stupid!
You can tell who smokes and who doesn't in this forum.
Personally I think they should tax the hell out of the cancer sticks and make all the idiots who use the drug to pay the bills for the rest of us!
My apologizes, your deep voice and facial hair really made me think you were a dude, sounds like HE is stupid for being your husband.
Betterhalf

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Nov 13, 2010
 
Interesting observation of people you don't even know I see stupid people.
I see stupid people

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Nov 13, 2010
 
Betterhalf wrote:
Interesting observation of people you don't even know I see stupid people.
exactly, that is my point.

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