Discrimination? Workplaces Ban Not Only Smoking, but Smokers Themselves

October 5, 2015

As bans on smoking sweep the USA, an increasing number of employers (primarily hospitals) are also imposing bans on smokers. They won't hire applicants whose urine tests positive for nicotine use, whether cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or even patches. Really?

Such tobacco-free hiring policies, designed to promote health and reduce insurance premiums, took effect this month at the Baylor Health Care System in Texas and will apply at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio, when it opens this year.

“We have to walk the walk if we talk the talk,” says Dave Fotsch of Idaho's Central District Health Department, which voted last month to stop hiring smokers.

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