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Question: My CEO asked me to look into the feasibility of requiring employees to be 'tobacco-free' off the job as well as during working hours. He thinks we could save a lot on health insurance if none of our employees smoked. Has anybody done this ... or considered it? What issues do I need to consider before I make a recommendation on how we should proceed?  -- Chris M., Ohio


That is totally discriminatory. What someone does on his or her own time is no one's business unless it interferes with job performance. It would be better to charge higher health premiums for smokers.

Tobacco is a legal crop and cigarettes are a legal product in the United States. Having a policy of hiring only non-smokers is discriminating against people who are engaging in a lega...(register to read more)

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