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    Default Do fire fighters smoke cigs?

    I want to become a fire fighter but a lot of departments have requirements to be a non smoker. I am trying to limit my smoking, but I want to know if they do. In the Marines, everyone smoked. In combat training we smoked cigs like nothing and on hikes we filled our camel backs with alcohol and we performed fine... In combat situations where you have to sprint cover to cover, it had no affect on any of us.. So in conclusion, why do departments have that requirement? I assume its because of an insurance liability?

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    Health insurance costs

    They think smokers are a burden on the system

    Plus politically correct to ban smoking

    I am not a smoker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Former Marine22 View Post
    I want to become a fire fighter but a lot of departments have requirements to be a non smoker. I am trying to limit my smoking, but I want to know if they do. In the Marines, everyone smoked. In combat training we smoked cigs like nothing and on hikes we filled our camel backs with alcohol and we performed fine... In combat situations where you have to sprint cover to cover, it had no affect on any of us.. So in conclusion, why do departments have that requirement? I assume its because of an insurance liability?

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    Well, might have something to do with it being a healthcare profession and smoking not being good for you. The majority of men and women in the service I have met are only out to further better themselves in every way they can and propel themselves in a direction that moves them closer to completing their goals.

    That and maybe this:

    "Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. The U.S. Fire Administration is working to help prevent home fire deaths and injuries caused by smoking materials. Fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials are preventable." - FEMA, http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smoking/

    I'm sure being a firefighter and being seen smoking a cigarette doesn't really look good to the populace. I mean, probably close to the reason drinking in uniform is against the rules right? Doesn't look professional, and military and paramilitary organizations are all about that. Drinking on duty is certainly NOT professional.

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    In addition to all of the information above, many states have presumptive laws - it is assumed that a firefighter that is diagnosed with cancer (and sometimes cardiac issues) contracted it while on the job. A smoking history clouds a clear cancer diagnosis, so it's in the employees best long-term interest to ban smoking.

    Smoking and other tobacco use has been off-limits for everyone hired in my department since February 2000.
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    Just switch to skoal... You'll fit right in.

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    I have been on the job for 29 years. When I got hired many of the old timers smoked. As time went on, smoking became less popular. Now smoking is prohibited on fire station premises and all of our new hires sign a no tobacco policy. Since cancer is presumptive in California, the City has the right to tell you that you cannot smoke.
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