Reasonable or Ridiculous? City Won?t Hire Smokers.


If you want to get hired by the city of Delray Beach, Florida, you better quit?smoking. A new policy prohibits the city from hiring employees who regularly?use tobacco products?such as cigarettes, cigars, snuff, or pipes. Individuals hired before October 1 are exempt from the policy but are encouraged to take smoking cessation classes.

Closing the door on smokers is a growing trend among employers nationwide. It is most prevalent among healthcare institutions that want their employees to set a good example. However, many other companies and agencies are pursuing such policies in order to save money.

According to the Sun Sentinal, ?Smokers can cost a company or government agency an average of $12,000 a year in health and disability-related costs.? Apparently, Delray Beach is hoping to save money and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Despite the growing popularity of such policies, some worry that they represent employment discrimination. Opponents also point out that these measures punish?smokers?but don?t actually help them quit.

So SodaHeads, what do you think about Delray Beach refusing to hire smokers? Is the policy reasonable or ridiculous?

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