October 6, 2012

No Nicotine Addicts, Please

1 Florida City Won’t Hire Tobacco Users

Along with the heavy tax bite per pack, there is now another economic incentive to not smoke: it might make it harder for you to find a job. A number of small and medium sized companies already require their new employees to be nonsmokers, and now a public employer, the city of Delray Beach, Florida, has also instituted a new hiring policy that excludes from job consideration all regular users of any form of tobacco, including cigars, pipes and snuff. Current employees who smoke will be kept on, but will be offered smoking cessation classes and will be required to pay a surcharge on their medical insurance premiums. The city’s reason was purely economic: Money is tight, and smokers cost their employers, public or private, an extra $12,000 a year on average in health-related expenses.

More at Sun-Sentinel.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teens' Tobacco Use Rate Not Falling

Tags: Smoking Bans, Smoking Costs, Tobacco Prohibitions, Tobacco Hiring Policies, Delray Beach, Health Expenses and Smoking

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