Re: Walmart Employees Should Not Smoke in Doorways
by rlh02 - Posted Fri January 9, 2009 @ 11:21 AM
Smoking is one of those things that polarizes some people, like religion and politics. People "in the know" are quick to share their opinion and request enforcement, while those who "in on it" prefer to do what they've always been doing. It's more of a microcosmic divide in culture and society - Those who smoke and those who don't...
Truth is, it's their decision - Offering those classes would be great, but would it work and be cost-effective at the same time? Having worked in the restaurant business, I can tell you that unless you smoke, you don't get a break...So maybe productivity increase could be a motivation for the employer to pay for this...But putting that money and time into the hands of an addict is another question all-together.
Of course, they should have a place all to themselves to smoke - Free of customer traffic...But the fact that it's not being enforced or recommended already makes me think that perhaps the management at this particular Wal-Mart is also part of the problem, or doesn't have enough interest to make that change, much less offer cessation classes...True prevention and cessation programs start from within the community and involve all aspects of the community, and involvement from key community players (perhaps such as yourself) may be a good place to start for a coalition to modify some of these inner-community conditions.