Teachers smoking cigarettes

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  1. Mathman82

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    I currently teach high school and I smoke cigarettes. I don't on school grounds. I haven't seen any other teachers smoke yet. I know it's legal but would I wonder how it would be if a student saw me. If they would ever ask why I smoke, I would say, don't ever get started!
     
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    We don't have anyone in the building who smokes right now, but the rule is that you have to stay out of sight of students when on school grounds. Otherwise, it doesn't matter. A lot of parents smoke here, so I doubt many kids would care.
     
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    It would be an issue if you were smoking in my school. Smoking is actually banned by state statute anywhere on school property. However, what you do on your own time and at other locations is up to you.
     
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    There are employers in my area who refuse to hire smokers. There is talk around the public school districts that they may go in the same direction. Employees who presently smoke will be given time to quit and then fired if they don't.
     
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    State law in FL - no smoking/vaping on public school grounds.

    I smoke, and I'd never want a kid to see me smoking at school, even if it were allowed.

    At other schools I worked at, you could leave on planning or lunch and have a cigarette - usually just a matter of walking around the corner. My current school we aren't allowed, so I wait till the kids leave and go for a ride around the block.
     
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    If I was so concerned about people seeing me smoke then I probably would just make sure I didn't do it out in public. Do you really think they'd ask WHY you smoked?
     
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    I work with students with addictions, and I can tell you that they are always quick to point out the hypocrisy of teachers who go out for a smoke 3-4 times a day then write them up if they are caught with a cigarette. The teachers only go to the parking lot, but you can smell the smoke on them. I don't smoke, and I can smell the smoke. It must be hard for students who are trying to abstain.
     
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    Teachers at my school smoke but can't even do it in the parking lot. They have to drive off campus which I think is how it should be for all school campuses. Don't have time to take a smoke break and drive off campus? Oh well...I barely time time to use the bathroom. Suck it up!
     
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    As many schools as I've been at in my day, I've never seen one smoke on school grounds. I can only recall 2 who do & I've seen them smoke off the grounds. It should feel the same way as if students saw one drinking. Sure, it's not good, but if teachers do that on their own time, it's up to them. They shouldn't for their own health, but many do.
     
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    The OP is saying that he doesn't smoke on school grounds so I believe he's asking about if a student saw him smoking outside of school in general.

    Swansong - I'm very surprised it's legal to discriminate against smokers. Smoking is legal so how can employers refuse to hire for doing something legal? I understand that it's a major health concern, but so is obesity and I can't imagine an employer legally able to discriminate against a person for being overweight.

    Mathman82, I actually wouldn't be surprised at all if a student asked you about the smoking. One time a student saw a soda on my desk that I had for lunch when they came back from their own lunch. I got admonished by the student for drinking soda. LOL. I'm very careful now as to what I leave out.

    That being said, what you do outside of school should be your own business. If a student sees you and does ask about it, then I think your plan of saying "Don't ever start" is fine.
     
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    I'm *pretty* sure they can't discriminate against a smoker after they are hired, as it would be considered an addiction, similar to if a teacher were an alcoholic.
     
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    Some hospitals have started refusing to employ smokers in my area.
     
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    The few smokers at my school park across the street and go sit in their cars with the windows up.
     
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    I had no idea of this.
     
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    Smoking is an adult behavior. Regardless of other views, it's a personal decision. I wouldn't address it unless asked.
     
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    There is no smoking on government property allowed here at all. That includes school grounds. There is currently only one teacher at our school who smokes and all it takes for him is a short stroll to the sidewalk across the street.

    I don't think students have ever brought it up to him. They all know he does it and it just is what it is.
     
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    I couldn't agree more with you! In Colorado an employer can be sued if they are fired because of smoking tobacco. Thank you JerseyGirl:)
     
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    Yes! Absolutely!
     
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    Thank you all for answering and the support!
     

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