Many employers are deciding not to hire smokers, and still more are trying to limit employees’ use of tobacco. Companies are screening new hires for nicotine as a condition for employment, imposing higher health-benefit premiums for smokers and trying to help smokers quit. Policies run the gamut:
- Shoe manufacturer Weyco gave employees an ultimatum: quit smoking or be fired.
- High-end optics lab Kimball Physics bans possession of tobacco on-site and prohibits anyone who has used tobacco within the previous two hours from entering its workplace.
- The Cleveland Clinic, Alaska Airlines and Union Pacific Railroad have stopped hiring smokers.
- The Massachusetts Hospital Association’s employees who self-report smoking can receive support from a smoking-cessation program.
Some anti-smoking policies are motivated by pressure to increase productivity, on the theory that smokers take more frequent breaks and are out sick more often than...(register to read more)