Interesting. Norine -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sila Miller Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:52 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: smokers: the next group not hired What is this world coming to? Is this America? I guess that since, for the most part, the ADA protects blind people they can't blatantly pick on us anymore? Until we begin to risk radicalism we're going to just have to swallow... So many battles that need to be fought and so few people who are sick and tired to fight them... What a crock... No, I'm not a smoker but smokers sure do pay their share of taxes which benefit us all! Fed up and disgusted, Sila ----- Original Message ----- From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 8:25 PM Subject: [tabi] smokers: the next group not hired > Below is an article run in news papers across the country today. I'm > wondering if non-smokers are cheaper as employees, then who else might be > cheaper? non-disabled employees? Employees who aren't over-weight? I > certainly hope this doesn't turn out to be legal. > > Chip > > ---------- > > > Workplaces ban not only smoking, but smokers themselves > By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY > > Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that protect > smokers' rights > > More job-seekers are facing an added requirement: no smoking - at work or > anytime. > An increasing number of employers won't hire applicants whose urine tests > positive for nicotine use, whether from cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or > even patches. > > An increasing number of employers won't hire applicants whose urine tests > positive > for nicotine use, whether from cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or even > patches. > 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. > 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. > STORY: > Humana won't hire smokers in Arizona > "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. > Each year, smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke causes 443,000 > premature > deaths > and costs the nation $193 billion in health bills and lost productivity, > according > to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The > CDC > says 19.3% of > U.S. > adults smoked last year, down from 42.4% in 1965. > "We're trying to promote a complete culture of wellness," says Marcy > Marshall of > the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., which begins its > nicotine-free > hiring > next month. "We're not denying smokers their right to tobacco products. > We're just > choosing not to hire them." > The policies stir outrage, even in the public health community. > "These policies represent employment discrimination. It's a very dangerous > precedent," > says Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University's School of Public > Health. > He says the restrictions punish smokers rather than helping them quit. > "What's next? Are you not going to hire overly-caffeinated people?" asks > Nate Shelman, > a smoker and Boise's KBOI radio talk show host whose listeners debated the > topic > last month. "I'm tired of people seeing smokers as an easy piñata." > After several companies, including > Alaska Airlines > , adopted smoker-hiring bans a couple of decades ago, the tobacco industry > and the > American Civil Liberties Union > lobbied for smoker rights. As a result, 29 states and the > District of Columbia > passed smoker-protection laws. > Some laws exempt non-profit groups and the health care industry, and 21 > states have > no rules against nicotine-free hiring. > Federal laws allow nicotine-free hiring because they don't recognize > smokers > as a > protected class, says Chris Kuzynski with the U.S. Equal Employment > Opportunity Commission. > There's no data on how many U.S. businesses won't hire smokers, but the > trend appears > strongest with hospitals, says Lewis Maltby, president of the National > Workrights > Institute, a non-profit offshoot of the > ACLU > that opposes the hiring bans. > Many of the new policies expand on smoke-free workplace rules. At Bon > Secours Virginia > Health System, more than 300 employees have kicked the habit since its > campuses went > smoke-free in 2009, and one applicant did so since it began nicotine-free > hiring > Nov. 30, says administrative director Kim Coleman. > The bottom line will benefit because health care costs for tobacco users > are > $3,000 > to $4,000 more each year than for non-smokers, says Bon Secours' Cindy > Stutts. "There's > also an impact on productivity," she says, because smokers take more > breaks. > Paul Billings of the American Lung Association says he's seen no data that > prove > nicotine-free hiring gets people to quit. He says cessation programs are a > better > bet. Still, his group won't hire smokers: "We're non-smoking exemplars." > > Check out the TABI resource web page at > http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI > and please make suggestions for new material. > > > > if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web > interface, or by sending an email to the address > tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject. Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject. 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