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By johnboy - 13 March 2009 59

One of the advantages of an economic downturn is knowing you can hit your staff with things and they won’t run away to other jobs.

Taking advantage of that, Katy Gallagher has announced that the hard smoking staff of ACT Health facilities will need to give up smoking or hike to the edge of their facility’s grounds if they want to light up, from 1 May.

    “ACT Health will provide staff who smoke with free nicotine replacement therapy and they will be able to start this therapy before the policy comes into effect in May this year.”

    “Patients admitted to Canberra Hospital who smoke will be assisted by ACTHealth to manage their nicotine dependence while at the hospital through nicotine replacement therapy.”

More disabled smoke alarms, great.

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Smoke free health facility car parks
Danman 3:05 pm 13 Mar 09

People who eat curry are going to smell funny as well. That does not mean I’m going to run them out of town.

Well if it negatively effects other non curry consuming peoples health with dire health complications such as cancer, sure, why not.

I enjoy going out more now that smoking is banned indoors, and it means I retain my aerobic fitness and will not get cancer from passive smoking.

RandomPoster 3:00 pm 13 Mar 09

I believe that most if not all federal gov departments did something similar a while back… not 100% sure though.

jakez 2:52 pm 13 Mar 09

RandomGit said :

jakez, except smokers don’t just ‘happen’ to be smokers. Plus, the choice to smoke means you are going to smell like an ashtray when you do. There’s a one to one correlation there not based on culture, history or predjudice.

You obviously like to feel especially special.

People who eat curry are going to smell funny as well. That does not mean I’m going to run them out of town.

The operative part of justbands statement is ‘they should be forced further and further and further away from the ‘rest’ of us’. Quite different from persuasion or even ostracism.

I don’t particularly draw a distinction between race and anything else on matters of tolerance, clearl you do. However to put that to the side, there are many things I don’t like, however I’m quite unlikely to force someone away especially when they are not initiating force against me.

caf 2:48 pm 13 Mar 09

I note with amusement that “patients” are no longer – instead we have “healthcare consumers”.

(More of you need to actually read the links provided – in this case you’d find that they’re still providing one “designated outdoor smoking area” at each workplace).

jakez 2:46 pm 13 Mar 09

peterh said :

Skidbladnir said :

@Dante: Sumptuary laws, and laws of prohibition?

This way the bureaucracy get to inconvenience other parts of the bureaucracy, while getting praised.

well, it sucks. ban smoking by cutting off my access to smokes. I would quit, and you wouldn’t need to fork out for nicotine replacement therapy, either.

Are you saying you are comfortable with peoples freedom to smoke* being violated by Government force, because you are too weak willed to quit yourself?

*freedom to smoke should be read in a libertarian, negative rights context. As in there should be no law against smoking, however it does not have to be facilitated by others, thus property rights determine the rules.

peterh 2:41 pm 13 Mar 09

just realised that I jumped the gun on katy’s media release. she was speaking about it on 666 am yesterday…

RandomGit 2:41 pm 13 Mar 09

jakez, except smokers don’t just ‘happen’ to be smokers. Plus, the choice to smoke means you are going to smell like an ashtray when you do. There’s a one to one correlation there not based on culture, history or predjudice.

You obviously like to feel especially special.

peterh 2:40 pm 13 Mar 09

Skidbladnir said :

@Dante: Sumptuary laws, and laws of prohibition?

This way the bureaucracy get to inconvenience other parts of the bureaucracy, while getting praised.

well, it sucks. ban smoking by cutting off my access to smokes. I would quit, and you wouldn’t need to fork out for nicotine replacement therapy, either.

Skidbladnir 2:27 pm 13 Mar 09

@Dante: Sumptuary laws, and laws of prohibition?

This way the bureaucracy get to inconvenience other parts of the bureaucracy, while getting praised.

jakez 2:24 pm 13 Mar 09

Dante said :

I just wish they’d either ban it outright rather than these micro steps towards a ban.

If smokers are such lepers, just ban it ffs.

I’m a smoker but if they banned tobacco I’d just stop smoking.

Oh, and here’s Uncle Tom.

jakez 2:24 pm 13 Mar 09

justbands said :

Who is “she” jb?

Anyway….sounds fair to me. Smokers stink, they should be forced further & further & further away from the rest of us….& I see nothing at all wrong with assisting staff & patients in quitting.

Wow, smokers really are the new ‘nigger’.

Dante 2:18 pm 13 Mar 09

I just wish they’d either ban it outright rather than these micro steps towards a ban.

If smokers are such lepers, just ban it ffs.

I’m a smoker but if they banned tobacco I’d just stop smoking.

Igglepiggle 2:08 pm 13 Mar 09

The nurses will be up in arms!

Danman 2:07 pm 13 Mar 09

Smoke free health facilities, I fail to see the problem.

Mrs Danman was amused though, recently at nepean hospital where this rule has been in force for some time.She relayed how she saw many a medical professional fringing the boundary smoking their substance of choice.

justbands 1:48 pm 13 Mar 09

Who is “she” jb?

Anyway….sounds fair to me. Smokers stink, they should be forced further & further & further away from the rest of us….& I see nothing at all wrong with assisting staff & patients in quitting.

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