Friday, July 20, 2007

Jobs that tell you "No Smoking" AFTER they hire you

Imagine you get hired for a job, say a cashier in a hospital cafe.

During the interview, the person interviewing never bothers mentions the smoking rules, and you never ask (since you assume you can just smoke outside on breaks as always).

But then you get hired! BUT...

When you DO get hired, the boss tells you "No smoking on the grounds of this hospital, not even on breaks. If you do walk away from the hospital on lunch breaks, and you smell like smoke, I will fire you on the spot! No exceptions!"

What's your reaction?

I'd probably walk away from the hospital and never come back. As I said in a group, I can't afford to accept a job where I'm not given even one inch of smoking freedom. And I'd hate being told the smoking rules once I'm hired. I wanna know the smoking rules upfront, so I won't waste my time preparing for a job that sounds more like living heck once I'm hired. I don't give a flying sheet if the pay is 15 bucks/hour. I am not gonna work at a job where I can't even smoke outside far away from the workplace.

And smelling my clothes to see if I HAVE been being me on a job break? I might get sent to jail if I punch a boss for sniffing my clothes. How would a boss like it if I sniffed HIS clothes just to see if he's been smoking himself? He would have every right to beat the sheet outta me for getting up close. The only person who's allowed to sniff my clothes is a special female friend in my life....preferrably one who smokes herself.

If there's a person at a job with an antismoking boss who says even if you smell like smoke, you'll get can this smoker fight back? Well, I wouldn't recommend punching the boss and getting violent. I just said that outta anger from thinking about it.

But the smoker CAN enlighten his/her co-workers on the truth of SHS. Especially if the co-workers smoke themselves. Maybe pass out copies of the Dissecting Antismokers Brains book (the one written by Michael McFadden). Pass out copies of documents that mention how SHS tests conducted by antis themselves all failed to prove the claim that SHS is dangerous....these docs I'm thinking of are in my group's files.

Fight back with logic and proof from documents shared by smoking activists online, the pamphlets included. Pass them out to the co-workers (especially smoking ones) and encourage them to tell the union leader (jobs have unions that keep up with job issues that need to be resolved) about this truth on SHS. And then the union can enlighten the boss on the truth of SHS.

Tell co-workers to contact any politicians in IL (maybe even Rod B himself) and when you tell them the truth on SHS, make sure you provide citations from what you read.

The only way a state ban can get revoked is if 1000s of smokers let their displeasure known. I can do my part to help get a state ban smoked. But I can't do it alone. There are at least 999 other smokers out there who are as intelligent as me.

Once jobs understand the truth on SHS, that's the only way you'll get your smoking freedom on the job back.

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