Tobacco while on the job

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  1. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Health care will later be an issue, as workers get older, they will have more health issues and miss work..
    My sister used to work in an office and once per hour half the office would go downstairs to take a smoke break... it amounted to about an hour or so over the day... initially she would read a book while everyone was outside, later she would leave work an hour earlier each day.... her boss questioned her and she asked him why she couldn't work the same time as the smokers
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  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didn't care what the customers said or thought either, it's that the nicotine interferes with the mind and soul and thus it clouds my better judgment, nicotine is a drug and smokers and chewers are under its influence, and we can't feel it but it doesn't help make clear minded decisions.

    That was one of the main reasons why I quit just over two years ago.

    Best thing I ever did.
    Even better than quitting is don't start.
  3. Bighead38

    Bighead38 LawnSite Member
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    Can they chew gum talking to a customer?
    I dip more while i am working.
  4. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wanted to bring this thread back because I just got fired from a good customer because she seen me spit on her lawn. We got into a big argument. I bet her $100 to find where exactly I spit. Come on, lady, were in south ga! Hello!
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  5. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I persoanlly have never smoked or chewed and I never will, but thats just me, we all have our things in life we need to make it through the day, mine is drinking pepsi haha, I need the caffeine I guess to get through the work days, but anyways I let my guys chew and smoke cigarettes at the job sites because really it's not that big of a deal to me, as long as the guys keep it clean which they do most of all the time. If a customer would have a problem I will tell them not to so it on there property if that was the case.
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    What was that boss's answer?
  7. xstatikplus

    xstatikplus LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would love to see the study that concludes nicotine clouds the mind PMSL!
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  8. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Instead of challenging her to find your nasty spit, you should have apologized.

  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nicotine is a mind-altering drug.

    Drug Facts
    DRUG is any substance other than food that can affect the way your mind and body work.
    Certain drugs called mind-altering drugs can change the way a person thinks, feels, and acts.

    Drugs that speed a person up are called STIMULANTS.
    Drugs that slow a person down are called DEPRESSANTS.
    Drugs that change the ways a person sees, feels, and hears are called HALLUCINOGENS.

    Mind-altering drugs that are abused by some young people are:
    NICOTINE, a highly addictive (habit-forming) substance found in cigarettes.
    Nicotine is a STIMULANT which increases the heart rate, causes the blood vessels to narrow, and makes the heart work harder.
    Chewing tobacco also contains nicotine. It makes teeth loosen and causes gum disease, white patches in the mouth, and tooth decay.

    Smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff not only give you bad breath, smelly hands, and stained teeth, but can also cause cancer, heart disease, and death. In fact, cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. The number of people who die each day from the effects of smoking is the same as if two full jumbo jets were to crash every day.

    Even breathing in someone else's smoke can be dangerous to your health.
    This is called PASSIVE smoke.
    Passive smoke pollutes the air.

    Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) and a stimulant drug. It is a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist. It is made in the roots of and accumulates in the leaves of these plants. It constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco and is present in the range of 2–7 µg/kg of various edible plants. It functions as an antiherbivore chemical; consequently, nicotine was widely used as an insecticide in the past and nicotine analogs such as imidacloprid are currently widely used.

    In lesser doses (an average cigarette yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine), the substance acts as a stimulant in mammals, while high amounts (50–100 mg) can be harmful. This stimulant effect is likely to be a major contributing factor to the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking. The nicotine content of popular American-brand cigarettes has slowly increased over the years, and one study found that there was an average increase of 1.78% per year between the years of 1998 and 2005.

    Smoking Cigarettes Affects Brain Like Heroin
    Heroin, Morphine, Nicotine Affect 'Feel-Good' Brain Chemicals in Similar Way
    By Jeanie Lerche Davis
    WebMD Health News
    WebMD News Archive
    Oct. 27, 2004 -- Just like heroin and morphine, smoking cigarettes triggers the release of addictive "feel-good" brain chemicals, new research shows.

    The finding helps researchers understand why smokers have such a tough time quitting despite all the health dangers. They presented their report at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held this week in San Diego.

    It's the first human study to show that smoking cigarettes stimulates the brain's production of chemicals called opioids. The opioids are known to play a role in soothing pain, increasing positive emotions, and creating a sense of reward. Both morphine and heroin trigger this same chemical flow.

    The new study also confirms previous findings -- from animal studies -- that smoking cigarettes affects the flow of another feel-good brain chemical called dopamine. Researchers are now investigating the interaction between the two chemicals in the brains of smokers and nonsmokers.

    "It appears that smokers have an altered opioid flow all the time, when compared with non-smokers, and that smoking a cigarette further alters that flow by 20 to 30 percent in regions of the brain important to emotions and craving," says lead researcher David J. Scott, a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in a news release.

    I have more...
    Tons more, tons and tons and tons and tons more.
    Even scripture talking about the harmful effects of tobacco.
    Just ask, I can fill page after page with information like the above.
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  10. xstatikplus

    xstatikplus LawnSite Senior Member
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    The only decision I see in that that is altered from smoking is to not quit due to the addictive qualities of me a study where a subject makes a decision differently because they just had a smoke. Not to knock your choices but the way you put it was you couldn't think clearly because you smoked. I know I'll get some negative feed back on this statement but.... Religion will alter more decisions then smoking by far
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