Hi fellow quitters
Well, Champix is the Daddy
With a combination of good preparation, information, assertiveness, Champix, a multi-pack of crisps in my back pack, a litre bottle of diluted juice, paracetamols, a big bag of mint imperials and a sprinkling of will power I got through a day at work sniffing in passive smoke fumes and not throwing the towel in.
I have little option but to take the passive fumes like a man as a persons legal Human Rights (to smoke) in their own home conflict with the Smoking Ban legislation.
I provide support to folks with severe mental health issues and folks with acquired brain injury. Guess what? Almost all of them smoke like chimneys in there own homes. Link there between mental health, medication and nicotiene? Hmmm I wonder?
I'm getting side tracked with frustrating laws! So, my challenge was to let all the service users know I have quit smoking - day 2 - and it's difficult for me to stay quit if the room is full of fog style smoke and not ventilated. Also I said I may vomit as I am on Champix. Don't think they liked the idea of me projectiling over their living rooms lol.
I was pleasantly surprised how folks reacted. 3 out of 5 service users asked me if they could smoke (in their own homes!). All service users allowed me to open the window to air the room and work in their kitchen or something 'till the smoke had died down a bit. I should add I have worked supporting some of these people for 10 years so they know me well.
Only 2 service users had disregard and carried on not really bothered about the effects of passive smoking but they were interested in my quitting smoking and allowed me to open windows. These service users did not offer me a cigarette either which they would have tried to do in the past.
I did notice when I left after 2 hours exposure in the smokey flats I had the urge to smoke, had a headache, felt a bit sick and my clothes were stinking. Wouldn't have noticed the stink before. But, I was popping mint imperials two at a time baby and they eventually killed the cravings.
I'm keeping an exact log of every time I am exposed to passive smoke during paid work-time, where I have a duty of care forcing exposure or when I chose to tolerate it. No doubt my CO test at weekly cessation groups will be in the red. YOU ARE GOING TO DIE :eek:
I will be recording these results and adding this to the data I am collecting at work about exposure. I plan to work with the Project Manager, Health & Safety Team and Service Users we support to try reduce the occasions where me and fellow staff are forced into passive smoking situations.
Now the challenge is to negotiate change without getting everyone all agitated, defensive and resisting change and keep my job.
For me it will reinforce my reasons to stay quit, for myself and to know I was part of influencing change and bettering the health of my fellow work colleagues and the service users I support.
I encourage everyone to post their experiences and ideas how to make this work. I suppose for me it will give me confidence how to say to someone "I am unwilling to breathe your second hand smoke and these will be the consequences if the person forces me into that postion", and still keep my job.
As you can see from the above post this issue has been a biggie for me but I got through today (well yesterday really it's 01:02 Friday 16th officially Day 3) So I better get over to Day 3 and stop typing like a maniac lol
Peace folks 'n' stay quit.