Rachel Emma Silverman explores the rise of tobacco-free hiring in her article for the Wall Street Journal, Smoker? No Job for You!
Below is a excerpt for Silverman’s article. Read Full Article
A growing number of hospitals and other companies have adopted policies allowing them to turn down smokers as job applicants, the New York Times reported. Companies say hiring only nonsmokers helps to boost worker productivity, reduces health care costs and encourages cleaner, healthier living. Federal estimates say that employees who smoke cost, on average, $3,391 more a year each in health-care expenses and lost productivity.
Many companies have already banned smoking in the workplace, or offered cessation programs or incentives to quit (like higher health-care insurance premiums for smokers.) But now there has been an even more dramatic shift from “smoke-free to smoker-free workplaces,” as the Times termed it. Applications now boldly state that companies follow “tobacco-free hiring,” job seekers may have to submit to urine tests for nicotine, and new employees caught lighting up may be fired.
Read on to learn what tobacco companies and the American Civil Liberties Union have say about “smoker-free workplaces”.