Louisiana hospital to ban odor of smoke on workers' clothes

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How the hell would you implement this? How much smell is too much?

Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria will implement an anti-tobacco policy for its entire campus starting July 1 of next year, expanding the policy put in place two years ago for employees of the women's and children's areas. The policy will prohibit the use of tobacco products by employees while on their shifts, including when they are on breaks. It also will not allow employees to work if their clothing smells like smoke.

Hospital administrator Lisa R. Lauve tells The Town Talk officials are aiming to reduce patients' and employees' exposure to toxins that linger in fabrics from a recently burned cigarette, also known as third-hand smoke. She says such toxins present a special danger for the developing brains of infants and small children.

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  • Anonymous

    If I had it, you'd get a big chunk of it.  :) 

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  • Anonymous

    There really is no way to sensibly implement this, unless they simply provide showers and fresh clothes for smokers -- which would also be ridiculous. I understand the idea behind it, and it is good, but you can't force people to quit smoking as a condition of their employment. Perhaps a more workable solution would be to specify that only nonsmokers can work in those departments that house very young children, who might be worst affected.

  • HarborGuy

    ...I've got to agree with the policy.

    Smoke, of any kind makes me start hacking and coughing and it is amazing how you can smell a smoker.

    My Dad was a heavy smoker most of his life...after he stopped (from a stroke...but he recovered well and lived for several years after it but never smoked again) smoking, it took years for the smell to get out of his clothes and a room that he used to smoke in.

  • Anonymous

    I don't know how but I think it's a good idea.  I am so sensitive to the smell of smoke, I swear I can smell it blocks away.  I once had a nurse that came into the tiny exam room and literally reeked of smoke.   It made me nauseous.  I even had a facial by an esthetician that had the smell of smoke on her hands, even though she had washed them thoroughly.  It's disgusting!