Florida City To Ban Hiring Smokers?

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    A Central Florida councilman wants to ban people who smoke from taking any city jobs, according to a Local 6 News report.

    Councilman Richard Contreras wants to ban smokers from taking jobs at City Hall, parks and even with the police department in Melbourne, Fla.

    Current workers would not lose their jobs but applicants would be asked about tobacco use and smokers would be dropped from consideration, according to the report.

    The reason given for the policy is to cut on health care costs, according to the report.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said smokers ring up $1,600 more per year in medical bills than nonsmokers and they miss more days of work.

    A final decision on the policy is months away, according to the report.

    http://www.local6.com/news/6786475/detail.html
     
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    I don't think its right to not hire someone based on that. However, I would think it would be the right of health insurance companies to drop coverage for smokers if they wanted to.
     
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    what if i smoke dope?

    do shots of tequilla?
     
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    I guess they could refuse to hire you.
     
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    what if i like fast food?
     
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    Ted Turner owner of CNN had this policy, so does American Airlines for pilots. American checks for it (smoking) with blood tests, been there done that.
     
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    You working on a slippery slope argument here, aren't you.
     
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    If this is the case and true then it would only be fair to drop those who frequent Mickey D's and those who are Gay as the health costs per capita far exceeds smokers...How about Ed Burns the actor who smoked quite a few hard core cigars per day and martinis galore per day!...but lived to be 99 years young? This is just another example of PC gone amock! :blowup:
     
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    no just curious
     
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    This is probably a legal issue that will ultimately have to be decided by a court somewhere. How discriminate can employers be in choosing who works for them ? :dunno:
     

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