Smoking In The Cab

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Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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Yeah I have started Vaping, as well, cutting back some on the cigs. Which I found these cigars like cigarettes, and changed over to those, which are milder and don't stink like a cigar tends to.

Slowly trying to quit the habit, was hard not to smoke, when both our parents, and everyone else around us did. And, it's not that easy after 40 years doing it! Least my last chest x-rays (2014) showed no bad signs from it, on my lungs YET! lol

HOS:

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Yeah I have started Vaping, as well, cutting back some on the cigs. Which I found these cigars like cigarettes, and changed over to those, which are milder and don't stink like a cigar tends to.

Slowly trying to quit the habit, was hard not to smoke, when both our parents, and everyone else around us did. And, it's not that easy after 40 years doing it! Least my last chest x-rays (2014) showed no bad signs from it, on my lungs YET! lol

Both my parents smoked, in the house and in the truck. All my family smokes (aunts, uncles, etc) and I never did. All their smoking always made me feel sick to my stomach, caused me headaches, nausea, and my clothes and pajamas at night smelled like cigarette smoke when I wasn't even smoking! Not to mention the bad breath it causes, I don't like to talk to someone with cigarette smoke breath...yuk! Never wanted to date a smoker either because well, I prefer not to taste a hashtray. Chewing gum just doesn't cut it.

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HOS:

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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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PS to any smoker trying and wanting to quit....good luck to you! Your health (and everyone else's) will thank you for it! :)

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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And the "jury" is still out on the safety of vaping.

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Jury is WAY OUT.

I see folks that vape - huff on it harder than a bong hit - and that CAN'T BE GOOD for you either. Any foreign substance you force-feed into your lungs, just doesn't belong there. So, even if it doesn't contain carbon-monoxide (or all the other by-products of burning tobacco and paper), it's a matter of "less worse", but still not as good as not inhaling ANYTHING in the first place.

When I did trucking school (county vo-tech) years ago - I chewed nicotine gum while on the truck, as it was a non-smoking environment.

But if I could find a vape that tasted like American Spirit Organic Lights, I would consider it.

Most places that are non-smoking (restaurants, etc.) have also gone to non-vaping too.

Even as a smoker - I find the even more excessive clouds that vapers exhale, to be somewhat annoying.

My kid has had me try the vape a few times - just doesn't "hit the spot" like a real cig does.

And NOTHING IS WORSE - THAN A REFORMED SMOKER...

Rick

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Actually its not really "way out"

Ciggs have over a thousand chemicals added into the tobaccy to create more addiction and make the tobacco burn faster so you smoke more.

Vaping has four main ingredients.

1: Propylene glycol -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol

PG, is used in MANY foods you probably eat nearly everyday while out on the road.

2: Vegetable glycerin- http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-vegetable-glycerin.htm

VG is also used in MANY foods which again you probably eat nearly everyday on the road.

3: Nicotine, everyone knows nicotine is not exactly great for you as it does increase your blood pressure from restriction.

4: Whatever flavoring you use, which you can make yourself and know exactly what you have in your vape juice.

Yeah inhaling anything into your lungs is less healthy than not inhaling but vaping is significantly safer for you than smoking a cigg. VG and PG will also bind to the Tar in a smokers lungs and when you make the transition you will be able to cough up tar that would otherwise be stuck on the inside of your lung the rest of you life.

Google Xray images and see for yourself. My dad switched to vaping and hacked out a bunch of tar and his o2 rate went from 86% to 98% over the last year and his DR is incredibly happy I made him switch.

As with ANYTHING if you do it TO MUCH its not going to be good for you just like Vitamins, vitamins are great for you but if you overdo it they are deadly.

Use common sense and your friend the internet for unlimited knowledge.

This wasnt directed at any one person, just anyone that comes along. Vaping may not be "healthy" but its significantly better than smoking. And quite frankly you probably breath worse crap on a daily basis at a truck stop than some vapor from an ecig.

I never use any WIKI as a primary source of information, here are a couple good reads:

Health risks of e-cigarettes emerge

Boston University

WHO Report

Perkdaddy's Comment
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I was a heavy cigar smoker for 17 years....the BIG cigars, not the little cigarillo things you find at most convenience stores. I would smoke about 5-10 of those a day, more when I was doing delivery work in my cargo van. I switched over to vaping about a year and a half ago, and my cardiologist jumped for joy. I make my own juice, almost completely VG, and am down to zero nicotine. Now my vehicle occasional smells of cookies. And most of the studies you find posted online are funded and propagated by Big Tobacco companies, so read them, then make your own decisions about your individual preferences.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob S.'s Comment
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All that tar in your lungs can't be good. Sticky situation there.

If you are gonna smoke, smoke the "good stuff" , but not while driving.

Dutch's Comment
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Speaking of the World Health Organization, I was reading this article awhile back, that says processed meats are cancer causing, and as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. WHO: Processed meat can cause cancer; red meat probably can

I wonder how long it will be, before employers start asking about a potential employees eating habits. If a smokers insurance rates are 3 times the rate of a non smoker, it would seem that people who eat processed meats and end up developing the same health problems, would be treated similarly as an employee. Companies nowdays know that they will pay more for all their employees insurance, when they insure a percentage of high risk employees.

I suppose we should all look forward to the day, when the Feds and insurance companies decide what we can and cannot put into our bodies, for our own good. At the rate we are going, we are simply costing them too much money, and everyone knows dead people can't pay anymore taxes.

Martha C.'s Comment
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Its all about lying to yourself. If you weren't addicted, you wouldn't do it. Vaping is smoking. There is nothing ruder you can do to a non-smoker than blow smoke of any kind in their face. It is a health issue and a disgusting habit that you are forcing on other people every time you do it. Just daring them to challenge you. Why is it that this industry tests for every other kind of drug out there, but drivers are still allowed to use nicotine. Honesty people. It's all about honesty.

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And the "jury" is still out on the safety of vaping.

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Jury is WAY OUT.

I see folks that vape - huff on it harder than a bong hit - and that CAN'T BE GOOD for you either. Any foreign substance you force-feed into your lungs, just doesn't belong there. So, even if it doesn't contain carbon-monoxide (or all the other by-products of burning tobacco and paper), it's a matter of "less worse", but still not as good as not inhaling ANYTHING in the first place.

When I did trucking school (county vo-tech) years ago - I chewed nicotine gum while on the truck, as it was a non-smoking environment.

But if I could find a vape that tasted like American Spirit Organic Lights, I would consider it.

Most places that are non-smoking (restaurants, etc.) have also gone to non-vaping too.

Even as a smoker - I find the even more excessive clouds that vapers exhale, to be somewhat annoying.

My kid has had me try the vape a few times - just doesn't "hit the spot" like a real cig does.

And NOTHING IS WORSE - THAN A REFORMED SMOKER...

Rick

double-quotes-end.png

Actually its not really "way out"

Ciggs have over a thousand chemicals added into the tobaccy to create more addiction and make the tobacco burn faster so you smoke more.

Vaping has four main ingredients.

1: Propylene glycol -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol

PG, is used in MANY foods you probably eat nearly everyday while out on the road.

2: Vegetable glycerin- http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-vegetable-glycerin.htm

VG is also used in MANY foods which again you probably eat nearly everyday on the road.

3: Nicotine, everyone knows nicotine is not exactly great for you as it does increase your blood pressure from restriction.

4: Whatever flavoring you use, which you can make yourself and know exactly what you have in your vape juice.

Yeah inhaling anything into your lungs is less healthy than not inhaling but vaping is significantly safer for you than smoking a cigg. VG and PG will also bind to the Tar in a smokers lungs and when you make the transition you will be able to cough up tar that would otherwise be stuck on the inside of your lung the rest of you life.

Google Xray images and see for yourself. My dad switched to vaping and hacked out a bunch of tar and his o2 rate went from 86% to 98% over the last year and his DR is incredibly happy I made him switch.

As with ANYTHING if you do it TO MUCH its not going to be good for you just like Vitamins, vitamins are great for you but if you overdo it they are deadly.

Use common sense and your friend the internet for unlimited knowledge.

This wasnt directed at any one person, just anyone that comes along. Vaping may not be "healthy" but its significantly better than smoking. And quite frankly you probably breath worse crap on a daily basis at a truck stop than some vapor from an ecig.

G-Town's Comment
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There are a lot of smokers on trucking. But there are a lot of non-smokers as well.

Martha, I too am a non-smoker. I have friends who smoke and never have they blown smoke in m y face or in my direction.

Elevating tobacco use with the likes of alcohol, pot and other recreational drugs that physically impair judgement and reflexes, is unrealistic and unnecessary.

When I trained with Swift, I requested a non-smoking trainer. Although I had to wait an additional week, I was never labeled a trouble maker.

Try to be patient. It's all in how you handle your interactions, conduct yourself professionally, not demanding and you won't be labeled a trouble maker.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I have to laugh at this thread. Yes if you insist on a nonsmoking trainer, your company can take that into consideration and attempt to pair you with a nonsmoker, but as GTown said, you may have to wait until one is available.. wait times vary.

What I love (I'm being sarcastic here) is trainees who say they are okay with going with a smoker, get on the truck with them, then complain and whine profusely. I have no sympathy for those trainees.

I keep my truck very clean, well ventilated, and do not allow smoking in the sleeper, curtains are also kept closed so any smells don't get into bedding or clothing. It's my truck and they can take it or leave it. I've had many non smoking trainees on my truck. They were asked if they were willing to go with a smoker before we ever meet or they're assigned to my truck. I've only had one or two who really showed their @ss about it lol and the company simply reminds them of the fact they agreed to it beforehand.

So if you're unable or unwilling to compromise, do everyone a favor and don't suddenly say it's okay if you discover it may be several weeks or more before a nonsmoking trainer is available.

Oh btw.. I'm not nor would I consider vaping.. it's not just "water vapor" as some advertisements would have you believe.

Rant over.. carry on lol.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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